All it takes is a little peer pressure to make a person change their mind about something.
That is what happened Saturday at the Capital Classic tournament, as Sam Cassell Jr-the son of the NBA great and current Wizards coach, ended any continued doubt as to where he was playing collegiate basketball next year, saying again that he would be attending the University of Maryland to play for head coach Mark Turgeon.
Cassell-a star at Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts-originally verbally committed to College Park at the end of March only to back out a week later.
He called reports of his college choice “false”, and after apparently moving on from Maryland, drew interest from Pittsburgh, South Florida, Villanova, and Florida State.
But playing in Saturday’s game alongside fellow Terp commits in Seth Allen, Charles Mitchell, Damonte Dodd, and Shaq Cleare, his decision to return to Maryland could have been helped a little bit by his teammates on the US All-Star team.
“I thought I rushed into it, because I didn’t get a chance to see any other schools,” Cassell Jr. told the Washington Post. “But after I seen the other schools, I knew Maryland was the place to be.”
The five players-and forward Jake Layman who was scheduled to attend Saturday’s contest but cancelled his appearance due to tonsillitis, make up a nationally-ranked recruiting class for Mark Turgeon after just one year at Maryland in which the Terps went 17-15 and 6-10 in the ACC.
Tune into WNST as we follow the Terps recruiting trail. Cassell Jr. is scheduled to join Glenn Clark Monday on “The Reality Check” on AM1570 WNST.net. Be sure to check out the BuyaToyota.com Audio Vault at WNST.net for the conversations we had with Seth Allen and Shaq Cleare!