CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--Maryland’s 2014 recruiting class was a landmark one for Mark Turgeon, an infusion of local talent mixed with some international flavor and some size from the South.
But it’s that local component that Maryland hopes to continue to benefit from as the 2014 class steps on campus and sights turn toward 2015, specifically Bryant Crawford of Gonzaga (D.C.) and Team Takeover.
The ties between Maryland and Takeover have deepened with the signing of guard Dion Wiley in 2014 and the hiring of Nima Omidvar as the program’s director of basketball operations. But does it factor into Crawford’s recruitment?
“Me and Dion talk, but we don’t ever talk about teaming up and stuff like that,” Crawford told CSN. “But we talk and have good conversation, but never talk about teaming up.”
Crawford matched up with top 2016 point guard Dennis Smith, Jr., in his team’s first game at NBPA Top 100 Camp on Wednesday. It was a pure PG-on-PG matchup, which Crawford sometimes does not get alongside Kevin Dorsey with Takeover.
He was scheduled to visit Maryland last week, right around the time he visited Louisville, but had a family matter to attend to.
He told Comcast SportsNet on Wednesday that assistant coach Bino Ranson has continued to stay in contact will Crawford and he plans to visit “soon,” he says.
Crawford would fit well into Maryland’s secondary break offense, the centerpiece of what Turgeon does on that end of the floor. As another ball handler, he could play in combination with Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens, Jake Layman, or any shuffling thereof.
A threat from the outside, he also complements the interior size that Turgeon is assembling with Michal Cekovsky, Robert Carter, Jr., Trayvon Reed, and Damonte Dodd.
But it could ultimately come down to relationships, which Crawford stressed.
“Coach Bino, he talks to me all day,” he said. “Says he loves my game, loves watching me play and would enjoy to have me on campus.”