After announcing his decision to play basketball at Maryland next season just prior to Saturday’s Capital Classic, Baltimore’s Sam Cassell Jr. has put his commitment in writing, signing a national letter of intent, university officials announced Monday.
Cassell, a 6-4 shooting guard, joins a high-powered recruiting class that includes 6-9 center Shaquille Cleare, 6-8 power forward Charles Mitchell, 6-8 small forward Jake Layman and 6-1 shooting guard Seth Allen of Fredericksburg.
Son of former NBA guard Sam Cassell, the younger Cassell played at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., where he averaged just over 16 points per game. Both ESPN.com and Scout.com list him as a three-star recruit.
The signing is partly the result of the increased emphasis that Turgeon and his staff, which includes Bino Ranson of Baltimore, have put on recruiting local prospects to College Park in rebuilding the Terrapins’ basketball program.
In a statement released Monday night, Turgeon characterized Cassell as a “combo guard” capable of scoring from virtually anywhere on court—at the rim, from mid-range and from beyond the arc.
“He has got a great feel and understanding of the game and is passionate about basketball,” Turgeon said. “He’ll be a great piece to the puzzle and addition to the team next year.”