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Former DeMatha star Jahmir Young names Maryland as his transfer destination

Jahmir Young is transferring from Charlotte to Maryland. (David Jensen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Jahmir Young, a transfer from Charlotte, committed to the Maryland men’s basketball program, he announced Wednesday. Young, a 6-foot-1 point guard, averaged 19.6 points last season, and his decision comes as a key recruiting victory for Coach Kevin Willard as he rebuilds the Terrapins’ roster.

Young will continue to go through the NBA draft process, he said, but he plans on heading to Maryland if he chooses to return to school. Young is not projected to be drafted by an NBA team, so playing for the Terrapins next season appears likely. Players have until June 1 to withdraw from the draft and maintain their NCAA eligibility.

Young, who started all three seasons he was at Charlotte, played high school ball at DeMatha Catholic just a few miles from the University of Maryland. No DeMatha product has played for the Terrapins since Travis Garrison joined the program in 2002. That drought garnered attention when former DeMatha star Hunter Dickinson, who now plays at Michigan, publicly said he felt slighted by Maryland during the recruiting process.

Maryland’s previous staff under Mark Turgeon recruited well in the Baltimore area but couldn’t lure the top prospects from the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, which includes DeMatha. Developing strong relationships with the prominent programs in the talent-rich D.C. area will be an important step for Willard. He brought in two assistants with local ties — Tony Skinn and David Cox — and retained director of operations Greg Manning Jr., the son of a former Terps great.

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Maryland is in need of a point guard after the departure of Fatts Russell, who joined the program for one season as a graduate transfer from Rhode Island. Young, an Upper Marlboro native, could immediately fill that void for the Terrapins. He shot 46.8 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from three-point range last season while also recording 5.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Young earned first-team all-Conference USA honors each of the past two seasons.

Willard recently picked up his first commitment in Noah Batchelor, a 6-foot-6 wing who had previously signed with Memphis. Batchelor most recently played for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., but he’s also a local prospect and previously played for Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City and St. Maria Goretti in Hagerstown.

The Terrapins are set to return starters Donta Scott and Hakim Hart, as well as rising sophomore forward Julian Reese, who played off the bench last season but will be a key piece of the roster moving forward.

Starting center Qudus Wahab and reserve guard Marcus Dockery both opted to transfer from Maryland this offseason. With the addition of Batchelor and Young, Willard still has four open scholarship slots.

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