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Maryland recruiting roundup: Basketball targets shine in Minneapolis

Open evaluation periods for basketball aren’t until July (10-14, 17-21 and 24-28), so things are relatively quiet around Comcast Center, especially after Antonio Barton’s decision to transfer to Tennessee. No on-campus visits this weekend, but more around the corner.

As for the basketball transfer situation, the Terrapins seem to have adopted a “looking, but not pressing” mentality, surveying the landscape with no specific names emerging as of yet.

Players reported for summer school this Tuesday, and will begin workouts next week. Currently, Maryland has nine scholarship players on roster — Seth Allen, Roddy Peters, Nick Faust, Dez Wells, Jake Layman, Evan Smotrycz, Shaquille Cleare, Charles Mitchell and Damonte Dodd — but still could conceivably add someone before the school year begins in September, most likely in the backcourt.

Now, onto the quick-hitting recruiting updates, about those players still in high school:

>> The third-annual Mary Kline Classic tips off this Sunday in Philadelphia, with two 2014 targets playing in the underclassmen game. Guard Dion Wiley (Potomac) will suit up for Team Inspiration, while Pennsylvania swingman Jared Nickens will play for Team Bravery. Both have Maryland offers and are scheduled for the three-point contest as well.

>> Team Takeover secured the top seed for July’s Peach Jam, but will be off practicing for the month of June. The local AAU squad are 16-2, dropping two games — one by forfeit — during last weekend’s EYBL session in Minneapolis. 

Playing without big man Martin Geben, who’s in Lithuania on try out for the under-19 national team, and Wiley, Team Takeover received a massive tournament from Phil Booth, who like Geben and Wiley holds a Maryland offer. Booth, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who also has offers from Indiana, Georgetown and Villanova, shot 22 of 48 (45.8 percent) from the field and 13 for 25 (52 percent) on three-pointers in Minneapolis, averaging 17.3 points over four games.

>> Also in Minneapolis, Georgia center Trayvon Reed notched 21 total points and 24 rebounds on 10-for-21 shooting in four games for Each 1 Teach 1. He has mostly SEC offers, according to, but Miami, Florida State and Georgia Tech have also offered. Per 247, Maryland assistant coach Bino Ranson is handling the recruitment.

>> The competition is heating up for power forward Goodluck Okonoboh, a 6-foot-9 four-star prospect from New Hampshire who, in addition to the Terps, has offers from Indiana, Connecticut and Syracuse, among others. Okonoboh also picked up offers from Florida, North Carolina State and Cincinnati over the past week. Assistant Scott Spinelli is recruiting Okonoboh, who remains of high interest to the Terps.

>> New York wing Terry Larrier received an invitation to the Kevin Durant Skills Academy, hosted in Washington D.C. for the nation’s top 25-30 high school wings. Playing for Team Scan in Minneapolis, Larrier averaged 12 points over five games and shot 45.5 percent (25 for 55) from the field. A host of mid-majors have offered the 6-foot-8 swingman, but Minnesota, Florida, Florida State and VCU count themselves among Larrier’s suitors.

>> Class of 2014 commitment Romelo Trimble (Bishop O’Connell) has seen his stock rise over the summer, and recently cracked Dave Telep’s list of the nation’s top five point guards after starring at the Under Armour Invitational in Texas. Here’s what Telep wrote on Trimble, who plays for DC Assault:

Trimble, a Maryland commit, has a head of steam, and I bumped [Jordan] McLaughlin in favor of him this week. Trimble could play for Maryland right now and be a key component. After watching him this past weekend, he has the goods.

Wiley, for what it’s worth, clocked in at No. 3 on Telep’s guards list.



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