Terps commit Wiley lights up Nike Peach Jam

Terps commit Wiley lights up Nike Peach Jam
July 14, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Mark Turgeon has recruited Potomac (Md.) native Dion Wiley because the Terrapins need outside shooters from the high school class of 2014. 

And that's what Wiley did this weekend at Peach Jam, Nike's crown jewel of the summer AAU circuit in North Augusta, S.C.

Over the course of five games, Wiley finished 18-of-35 from three-point range, good for 51 percent from behind the arc. Those 18 tied him for the most of any player in the tournament and he finished third in three-point percentage.

"I wasn't surprised," Wiley told CSN by phone Sunday night. "When I get my chances, I'll take them."

Despite a strong individual performance, his Team Takeover (D.C.) squad did not make it out of pool play. They finished with a 3-2 overall record.

Maryland assistant Bino Ranson attended all of Wiley's games at Peach Jam and head coach Mark Turgeon was in attendance for the first day, Wiley says.

Turgeon and assistant Dalonte Hill spent the majority of the first live recruiting period at the Reebok Breakout Classic in Philadelphia.

Wiley is one of three elite shooters committed to Maryland from the 2014 class. He joins Romelo Trimble (D.C. Assault/Bishop O'Connell) and Jared Nickens (Sports U/Westtown) in a rotation that will test opposing defenses with three legitimate threats from the perimeter.

"Now we need a big," Wiley says, looking ahead to what Maryland could do for the remainder of 2014. "We know that we can do our job outside, but we need a guy inside."

For the Terrapins, that means one of three major targets: Trayvon Reed of Georgia, Chinanu Onuaku of Maryland, or Goodluck Okonoboh of Massachusetts.

Along with the skills he will bring to Maryland in 2014, Wiley's commitment is important for two other reasons for coach Mark Turgeon and his staff. 

Wiley is a local talent, and a Top 25 national talent at that, something that has been a focus for this Terps program. Wiley plays for powerhouse Team Takeover (D.C.), which is rivaling D.C. Assault as the preeminent power in the region.

By securing a commitment from him, the door could now be open for talent from that program down the line. That includes 2014 prospects Phil Booth and Martin Geben, along with highly touted 2015 forward Marcus Derrickson of Paul VI (Va.).

"I've talked to Phil [about committing to Maryland] and I'm not sure on him," Wiley said, citing the crowded future Terps backcourt as a reason he may look elsewhere. 

Wiley now moves on to play in the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity College in D.C. He will be alongside local standouts Dwayne Morgan and Booth on the Team USA East roster.

Comcast SportsNet will be in attendance during the event, which runs from Wednesday through Sunday, July 17-21.