COLLEGE PARK – Over the past few years, University of Maryland Head Basketball Coach Mark Turgeon has made it a priority to recruit local talent.
Turgeon has had some success in landing elite Maryland prospects, like Melo Trimble, who just signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves, as well as current Terps point guard Anthony Cowan (Bowie) and small forward Dion Wiley (Oxon Hill).
Turgeon is currently recruiting the best prospects in the Prince George's County area. He has two prospects in the class of 2018, three in the class of 2019, and two in the class of 2020.
The class of 2018 features ESPN’s No. 93 ranked prospect Jermaine Harris from Rock Creek Christian Academy in Upper Marlboro, who Turgeon extended an offer to on May 30.
Riverdale Baptist’s 6-foot-8 power forward Tyrese Samuel is another player Maryland is currently showing interest in. However, Turgeon has yet to offer Samuel a scholarship.
In the class of 2019, Turgeon has provided the Mitchell twins from Bishop McNamara High School, Mahki and Makhel, an opportunity to play at the College Park university. Maryland landed the twins in a commitment on Aug. 4.
“I believe that Maryland has done a good job recruiting them so far,” Coach Ricardo Rush of the D.C Blue Devils said. “It helps that they are from a local program and they have sent at least two coaches to every game they have played in since July.”
Sherif Kenney, the No. 2 ranked prospect in the Prince George’s County area, is also receiving interest from Maryland. Kenney is a 6-foot-4 point guard at Rock Creek Christian Academy and is the No. 8 ranked point guard nationally.
Coach Renard Phillips, former DePaul coach and Kenney’s AAU coach at New World Basketball organization, said Kenney had an important period of recruitment in July.
“Right now Maryland has not offered Kenney, but I believe they have offered kids from New Jersey and all other places,” Phillips said. “As for Sherif, he had a big July playing with Team Loaded in prominent tournaments where college coaches are all over.”
Arizona State, Rutgers, Georgetown and UCONN have offered Kenney, while South Carolina is also showing high interest in him.
The last two prospects come from Washington Catholic Athletic Conference powerhouse DeMatha. Turgeon has yet to send an offer to Earl Timberlake and Hunter Dickinson, but things could change over the next two years for the talented sophomores. Dickinson is the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2020 in the county.
“I like the University of Maryland,” said Dickinson, who described the atmosphere at Maryland as one of the best in the entire country. “Coach Turgeon has had great success with the big men including DeAndre Jordan (at Texas A&M) and Alex Len. They have been to many of my summer league games and watched me during our high school team camp at (Maryland).
“They want me to come back to the campus for an unofficial visit. The University of Maryland has solid academics and holds their players accountable for everything.”