Maryland lands local star hoops recruit

Maryland lands local star hoops recruit
June 7, 2013, 9:15 am
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Maryland Terrapins men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon secured a verbal commitment from 2014 recruit Dion Wiley, one of the top ranked high school shooting guards in the country.

Wiley, who plays at Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Md., had a host of offers to play basketball at some of the best schools in the country before giving a verbal commitment to Turgeon on Friday morning. Other schools recruiting Wiley included Indiana, Georgetown, Florida, Virginia and Villanova. 

Jeff Ermann of Inside MD Sports first reported the news Friday morning.

Wiley is known as a strong shooter, and rated as the best prospect in the state of Maryland by ESPN. In the summer Wiley plays for one of the best AAU teams in the country on Team Takeover. Wiley leads Takeover in scoring with more than 14 points per game. 

Ranked as high as the No. 22 best player in the country by some recruiting services, Wiley will team up with fellow 2014 recruit Romelo Trimble to give Maryland one of its higher profile recruiting classes in some time. The duo should give the Terps a formidable backcourt in the years to come, with Trimble at point guard and Wiley at the two.

Trimble is also a local guy, the best player in the Washington Catholic Area Conference for Bishop O'Connell High School. The WCAC is recognized as one of the elite high school basketball conferences in the country.

As the career of former Maryland coach Gary Williams came to a close, right or wrong many critics said Williams did not recruit the immediate Washington and Baltimore areas enough. The two areas, or one major metropolis in the eyes of high school basketball junkies, often provide some of the best talent in the country. Just this season, DeMatha High School graduate Victor Oladipo starred on the college level, but he did so at Indiana University.

By securing Roddy Peters, who will begin his freshman year this fall, and the pair of 2014 guards Trimble and Wiley, Terps coach Mark Turgeon has proven his commitment to recruiting the best players in the area.

The next task for Turgeon will be to consistently win with the local talent. In two years at Maryland, Turgeon has yet to get the Terps to the NCAA Tournament, which makes his recruiting that much more impressive.