Terps receive commitment from Baltimore’s Sam Cassell Jr.

March 26, 2012 | WNST Staff

Building upon an already-impressive incoming recruiting class, the University of Maryland will welcome Baltimore native Sam Cassell Jr. to College Park in the fall.

The former St. Frances guard chose the Terps over reported offers from Connecticut, Florida State, Villanova, Washington, and Dayton. After leaving Baltimore for Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. following his junior season, the 6-foot-4 Cassell spent two seasons catapulting himself from a consensus mid-major candidate to one with the ability to play in a major conference.

Maryland assistant Bino Ranson developed a rapport with Cassell while following the young guard’s participation with the Nike Baltimore Elite AAU program. Of course, Cassell is the son of Sam Cassell, who was a standout for Dunbar High School before attending Florida State and eventually playing 15 seasons in the NBA.

Cassell is ranked a three-star prospect by ESPN and joins a hefty recruiting class that also includes fellow guard Seth Allen, small forward Jake Layman, and big men Shaquille Cleare, Damonte Dodd, and Charles Mitchell.