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Maryland earns No. 5 seed in South, will face South Dakota State

Posted on 13 March 2016 by Luke Jones

In a season filled with lofty expectations, a late-season slide resulted in Maryland receiving the No. 5 seed in the South region of the 2016 NCAA tournament.

As high as No. 2 in the AP top 25 poll earlier this season before losing five of their last seven and falling to No. 18 in the rankings, the Terps will face the No. 12 seed South Dakota State in the first round in Spokane, Wash. on Friday. The Jackrabbits (26-7) won the Summit League for the third time in the last five years.

Friday’s game will tip at approximately 4:30 p.m. locally and will be televised on TBS.

The winner would advance to play either No.4 seed California or 13th-seed Hawaii on Sunday. The top overall seed Kansas is also in the South region and would potentially loom in the Sweet Sixteen.

Maryland had missed the NCAA tournament in four consecutive seasons before earning the No. 4 seed in the Midwest and advancing to the second round last year. However, expectations soared this year with the arrivals of freshman standout Diamond Stone and transfers Robert Carter Jr. and Rasheed Sulaimon.

The Terps began the season 15-1, but their 10-7 finish entering the NCAA tournament hasn’t inspired confidence that they’ll realize the Final Four predictions that so many made a few months ago. Maryland fell 64-61 to Michigan State in Saturday’s Big Ten tournament semifinal after topping Nebraska in the quarterfinals on Friday night.

This was the fifth time in school history in which the Terps have won at least 24-regular season games, but they will be trying to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2003. Maryland has won at least one game in its last 11 NCAA tournament appearances dating back to 1998.

The program is making its 26th trip to the “Big Dance” and second under fifth-year head coach Mark Turgeon.

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Trimble reportedly planning to return to Maryland next year

Posted on 24 March 2015 by Luke Jones

After completing one of the best freshman seasons in University of Maryland basketball history, point guard Melo Trimble will apparently stay put next season.

According to InsideMDSports.com, Trimble plans to return to College Park for his sophomore season after leading the Terps in scoring with 16.2 points per game. His efforts were a major factor in Maryland making it back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years.

Most NBA draft experts projected Trimble to be selected no earlier than the end of the first round, making his decision relatively easy despite trepidation from many fans in College Park. At only 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, Trimble will need to improve his skills as a pure point guard in order to give himself the best chance to succeed at the next level.

Head coach Mark Turgeon has the potential to oversee his best team yet at Maryland next year with Dez Wells being the only significant departure from this year’s squad. The Terps will be adding Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter and junior college point guard Jaylen Brantley to the mix for the 2015-2016 season while Trimble, Jake Layman, and Jared Nickens — three of Maryland’s top four scorers this past season — will return.

Trimble, a former McDonald’s All-American, made 41 percent of his 3-point shots as a freshman and showed a tremendous ability to get to the free-throw line, making 86 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe.

The Upper Marlboro native was a first-team all-Big Ten selection voted by the conference media.

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Maryland receives highest AP ranking in 12 years

Posted on 02 March 2015 by Luke Jones

Only a few months after being voted 10th in the Big Ten’s preseason poll, Maryland has earned the No. 10 spot in the entire country in the latest Associated Press poll released Monday afternoon.

Coming off home wins over No. 5 Wisconsin and Michigan this past week, the Terrapins (24-5, 12-4) have cracked the AP’s top 10 for the first time since the 2002-2003 season and finished a perfect 9-0 home mark in Big Ten play, an impressive feat for their first season in their new conference. Many currently project Maryland to be a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament, which would be quite an accomplishment for a program that hasn’t made the “Big Dance” since 2010.

After suffering a number of transfers last offseason and failing to make the tournament in his first three seasons in College Park, head coach Mark Turgeon was feeling pressure from an unhappy fan base before senior Dez Wells, junior Jake Layman, and freshman sensation Melo Trimble formed one of the more productive trios in all of college basketball this year. Maryland has won five straight games and concludes the regular season this week with trips to Rutgers on Tuesday and Nebraska on Sunday.

The Terps currently sit second in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin and could clinch a share of the conference title with two wins and the Badgers falling on the road to Minnesota and Ohio State this week.

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Trimble named watch list finalist for Bob Cousy Award

Posted on 23 February 2015 by WNST Staff


SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – Maryland freshman Melo Trimble has been named one of 16 watch list finalists for the 2015 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday.

Trimble is averaging a team-best 16.1 points per game while leading the No. 16-ranked Terps in assists (84) and steals (37). The Upper Marlboro, Md., product, has scored 20 or more points eight times this season, including a 31-point showing against Arizona State on Nov. 24 which fell just two points shy of the Maryland single-game record for a freshman (Joe Smith vs. Rider, 1993). He is averaging 21 points per game in Maryland’s last four contests.

Named after Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic and Holy Cross guard Bob Cousy, the annual honor now in its 12th year, recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball. The original watch list of 35 candidates was narrowed down to the below list of 16 by a national committee.

The current list of 16 finalists for the 2015 Bob Cousy Award presented by College of Holy Cross will be narrowed down to five players by early March. The winner of the 2015 Bob Cousy Award presented by College of Holy Cross will be presented at ESPN’s new College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s from Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 10, 2015. The Awards will be televised live on ESPN2 at 8:00pm EST.

Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award include Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (2014), Trey Burke, Michigan (2013), Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (2012), Kemba Walker, Connecticut (2011), Greivis Vasquez, Maryland (2010), Ty Lawson, North Carolina (2009), DJ Augustin, Texas (2008), Acie Law, Texas A & M (2007), Dee Brown, Illinois (2006), Raymond Felton, North Carolina (2005) and Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph’s (2004).

2015 Bob Cousy Award Candidates

T.J. McConnell, University of Arizona

Tyrone Wallace, University of California, Berkeley

Ryan Boatright, University of Connecticut

Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga University

Keifer Sykes, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

Yogi Ferrell, Indiana University

Monte Morris, Iowa State University

Terry Rozier, University of Louisville

Melo Trimble, University of Maryland

Marcus Paige, University of North Carolina

Kris Dunn, Providence College

Delon Wright, University of Utah

Nigel Williams-Goss, University of Washington

Juwan Staten, West Virginia University

Fred VanVleet, Wichita State University

Tyus Jones, Duke University

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Maryland guard Trimble dealing with back, leg issues in recent weeks

Posted on 12 February 2015 by Luke Jones

The most significant piece of news revealed in the aftermath of Maryland’s 68-66 win over Indiana Wednesday night was the health of point guard Melo Trimble.

The freshman sensation has been dealing with back and leg issues and told reporters that he injured his back in late December and has been feeling the effects at different times since then. The injury eventually began affecting his left leg, but Trimble said he’s feeling much better now.

“I don’t want to make excuses for him,” head coach Mark Turgeon said. “Melo was playing hurt [for] about three games. He’s feeling better. We are getting healthy now.”

Trimble scored 18 points against the Hoosiers and produced 20 in Sunday’s loss at Iowa, but the 6-foot-2 guard had struggled mightily in the two games before that, going a combined 0-for-13 from the field against Penn State and Ohio State. He’s averaging 15.5 points per game this season.

With the Terps all but certain to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2010, Trimble’s health will be a critical factor in determining how far Maryland might advance in March.

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Maryland frosh Trimble named to Bob Cousy Award watch list

Posted on 04 November 2014 by WNST Staff


Trimble Named to Bob Cousy Watch List

Freshman one of 35 candidates tabbed to list, honoring top point guard in college hoops

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Maryland freshman guard Melo Trimble has been named to the watch list of candidates for the 2015 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday.

Trimble, a 6-3 guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., was a McDonald’s All-American and the No. 1-ranked player in the state of Maryland before arriving to College Park. Trimble averaged 23.1 points at Bishop O’Connell High School as a senior and was tagged the 2014 Washington Post All-Metro Player of the Year.

The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guards in men’s college basketball. Over 35 candidates have been nominated for the 2015 Bob Cousy Award.

“The Hall of Fame is honored to work with Mr. Cousy and to recognize some of the nation’s top collegiate point guards,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall ofFame. “This year’s list showcases student athletes that have all of the intangibles that would make them great candidates for this prestigious award.”

“The Cousy Award has become one of the top awards in college basketball,” said Ken Kaufman, Chair of the Bob Cousy Award and former president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). “We look forward to another season of watching the best point guards in college basketball compete for this elite award.”

This watch list of candidates will be narrowed down to a final 20 in early February, then final five by early March. A premier Selection Committee has been appointed by the Hall of Fame to review the candidates in contention for the nation’s top collegiate point guard award. This committee is made up of top college basketball personnel including members of the media, head coaches, media relations contacts and Hall of Famers. The Cousy Award winner will be presented the award on Championship Monday in Indianapolis at the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 Announcement and Press Conference.

Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award have included Jameer Nelson (St. Joseph’s), Raymond Felton (North Carolina), Dee Brown (Illinois), Acie Law (Texas A & M), DJ Augustin (Texas), Ty Lawson (North Carolina), Greivis Vasquez (Maryland), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and last year’s recipient Kendall Marshall (North Carolina), Trey Burke (Michigan) and Shabazz Napier (Connecticut).

For more information on the 2015 Bob Cousy, log onto www.CousyAward.com.

2015 Bob Cousy Award Candidates

Olivier Hanlan – Boston College

Quinn Cook – Duke

Tyus Jones – Duke

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera – Georgetown

Kevin Pangos – Gonzaga

Siyani Chambers – Harvard

Yogi Ferrell – Indiana

Monte Morris – Iowa State

Kenneth Smith – Louisiana Tech

Cameron Payne Murray State University

Chasson Randle – Stanford

Will Cummings – Temple

Alex Caruso – Texas A&M

T.J. McConnell – Arizona

Ryan Boatright – Connecticut

Kasey Hill – Florida

Andrew Harrison – Kentucky

Tyler Ulis – Kentucky

Terry Rozier – Louisville

Melo Trimble – Maryland

Angel Rodriguez – Miami

Derrick Walton Jr. – Michigan

Jarvis Summers – Mississippi

Marcus Paige – North Carolina

Pierria Henry – North Carolina (Charlotte)

Jordan Woodward – Oklahoma

EC Matthews – Rhode Island

Isaiah Taylor – Texas

Julius Brown – Toledo

Delon Wright – Utah

London Perrantes – Virginia

Keifer Sykes – Wisconsin-Green Bay

Ryan Arcidiacono – Villanova

Briante Weber – Virginia Commonwealth

Juwan Staten – West Virginia

Fred VanVleet – Wichita State

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Maryland commits Trimble, Wiley to play in Capital Classic

Posted on 27 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Capital All-Stars

Tre Campbell – St. Johns

Jon Davis – Clinton Christian

Jamall Gregory – Coolidge

Chinanu Onuaku – Riverdale Baptist

James Palmer – St. Johns

Trey Porter – Potomac

Johnnie Shuler – Theodore Roosevelt

Melo Trimble – Bishop O’Connell

Dion Wiley – Potomac

2014 U.S. All-Stars to be announced soon!

2014 Metro All-Stars (more to be announced soon!)

Kent Auslander – Herndon

Sam Briggs – Coolidge

Darian Bryant – St. Johns

Steffen Davis – Maret

Andre Fox – Eleanor Roosevelt

Jared Gray – Bowie

Cam Gregory – St. Stephen St. Agnes

Dorian Johnson – Herndon

Ibraham Kallon – Wheaton

Alexander Long – Riverdale Baptist

Christian Lutete – McKinley Tech

Greg Malinowski – Episcopal

Mike Morsell – St. Johns

Dan Noe – Ireton

Marcquise Reed – Capital Christian

Russell Sangster – Bullis

Quadree Smith – Potomac

Davon Taylor – Central

Evan Taylor – Paul VI

Micah Till – Wise

Jerome West – Laurel Prep Academy

Keif Williams – Kennedy

Danzel Wright – National Collegiate

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Future Terp Trimble named McDonald’s All-American

Posted on 30 January 2014 by WNST Staff

48 Players Join the Ranks of Basketball’s Elite with Selection to 2014 Team

OAK BROOK, Ill. (Jan. 29, 2014) – The McDonald’s All American High School Basketball
Games unveiled the official rosters for the 37th Annual Boys Game and 13th Annual Girls Game
during today’s 2014 McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU. The nation’s
top annual high school basketball all-star event will again be played at Chicago’s United Center
on April 2. Full team rosters are available now at www.mcdaag.com.

The 2014 McDonald’s All American Boys Team features the consensus number one player in
the country Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young – Chicago, Ill.), playing for the West Team against
the East Team’s top big man Cliff Alexander (Curie High School – Chicago, Ill.). Tyler Ulis
(Marian Catholic – Chicago Heights, Ill.) rounds out the Chicago trio. Okafor will square off
against highly ranked centers Karl Towns, Jr. (St. Joseph High School – Metuchen, N.J.) and
Myles Turner (Trinity High School – Euless, Tex.), one of five boys hailing from Texas. Other
players with ties to the Lone Star state include Emmanuel Mudiay (Prime Prep Academy –
Dallas, Tex.), Justin Jackson (Homeschool Christian – Tomball, Tex.), Justise Winslow (St.
John’s High School – Houston, Tex.) and Kelly Oubre (Findlay Prep – Henderson, Nev.),
originally from Richmond, Tex. Of the 24 Boys selected to the team, Kentucky and Duke have
the most commitments, each with four. The Boys Game begins at 8:30 p.m. CT April 2, and will
be televised live on ESPN.

The Girls Team includes top ranked A’Ja Wilson (Heathwood Hall Episcopal School –
Columbia, S.C.) along with five players from California and four from Texas. California participants include Jordin Canada (Windward School – Los Angeles, Calif.), Lajahna
Drummer (Long Beach Polytechnic High School – Long Beach, Calif.), high school teammates,
Mikayla Cowling (St. Mary’s College High School – Albany, Calif.) and Gabby Green (Saint
Mary’s College High School – Albany, Calif.) and Mariya Moore (Salesian High School –
Richmond, Calif.). The four Texas participants include Brianna Turner (Manvel High School –
Manvel, Tex.), Ariel Atkins (Duncanville High School – Duncanville, Tex.), Recee’ Caldwell
(FEAST Home School – San Antonio, Tex.), and Brooke McCarty (Clear Springs High School –
League City, Tex.). Of the 24 Girls Game participants, UCLA will have the most McDonald’s All
Americans suiting up next fall with three commits. The Girls Game begins at 6:00 p.m. CT April
2, and will be televised live on ESPNU.

“The McDonald’s All American Games are where the elite players serve notice of what’s to
come at the next level,” said Douglas Freeland, director of the McDonald’s All American Games.
“With the great success of last year’s players at the collegiate level this year, we can’t wait to
see what’s in store for Chicago on April 2.”

This year’s teams were selected from the field of more than 1,000 Nominees by the McDonald’s
All American Games Selection Committee, led by committee chairman, Morgan Wootten,
legendary Hall-of-Fame basketball coach.

Since 1978, more than 1,150 players have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games,
forming an elite list of some of the top names in basketball history including, Michael Jordan,
Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love,
Sylvia Fowles, Candace Parker, Maya Moore and Elena Delle Donne
2014 McDonald’s All American Games
Boys Alphabetical Roster

Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Cliff Alexander PF 6-9 Curie High School (Chicago, IL) Kansas
James Blackmon, Jr. SG 6-2 Marion High School (Marion, IN) Indiana
Justin Jackson SF 6-7 Homeschool Christian (Tomball, TX) North Carolina
Tyus Jones PG 6-1 Apple Valley High School (Apple Valley, MN) Duke
Kevon Looney PF 6-8 Milwaukee Hamilton High School (Milwaukee, WI) UCLA
Theo Pinson SF 6-6 Wesleyan Christian (Greensboro, NC) North Carolina
D’Angelo Russell SG 6-4 Montverde Academy (Louisville, KY) Ohio State
Karl Towns, Jr. C 6-11 St. Joseph High School (Metuchen, NJ) Kentucky
Romelo Trimble PG 6-2 O’Connell High School (Upper Marlboro, MD) Maryland
Myles Turner C 6-11 Trinity High School (Bedford, TX) Undecided
Isaiah Whitehead SG 6-4 Lincoln High School (Brooklyn, NY) Seton Hall
Justise Winslow SF 6-6 Saint John’s High School (Houston, TX) Duke

Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Grayson Allen SG 6-4 Providence School of Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL) Duke
Joel Berry PG 6-0 Lake Highland Prep (Apopka, FL) North Carolina
Devin Booker SG 6-5 Moss Point High School (Moss Point, MS) Kentucky
Stanley Johnson SF 6-6 Mater Dei High School (Fullerton, CA) Arizona
Trey Lyles PF 6-10 Arsenal Technical (Indianapolis, IN) Kentucky
Emmanuel Mudiay PG 6-5 Prime Prep Academy (Dallas, TX) Southern Methodist
Jahlil Okafor C 6-10 Whitney Young Magnet High School (Chicago, IL) Duke
Kelly Oubre SF 6-7 Findlay College Prep (Richmond, TX) Kansas
Reid Travis PF 6-8 De La Salle High School (Minneapolis, MN) Stanford
Tyler Ulis PG 5-9 Marian Catholic High School (Matteson, IL) Kentucky
Rashad Vaughn SG 6-6 Findlay College Prep (Golden Valley, MN) Undecided
Thomas Welsh C 6-11 Loyola High School (Los Angeles, CA) UCLA

2014 McDonald’s All American Games
Girls Alphabetical Roster

Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Lynee’ Belton C 6-2 Bullis School (Clinton, MD) Duke
Sierra Calhoun W 6-0 Christ the King High School (Brooklyn, NY) Duke
Bianca Cuevas PG 5-6 Nazareth Regional High School (Bronx, NY) South Carolina
Sadie Edwards G 5-9 Blair Academy (Meriden, CT) UConn
Myisha Hines-Allen W 6-1 Montclair High School (Montclair, NJ) Louisville
Alexa Middleton G 5-8 Riverdale High School (Murfreesboro, TN) Tennessee
Kelsey Mitchell PG 5-8 Princeton High School (Cincinnati, OH) Ohio State
Mariya Moore W 6-0 Salesian High School (Pleasant Hill, CA) Louisville
Shakayla Thomas W 5-11 Sylacauga High School (Sylacauga, AL) Florida State
Kathryn Westbeld F 6-2 Fairmont High School (Kettering, OH) Notre Dame
Jatarie White C 6-4 Providence Day School (Charlotte, NC) South Carolina
A’ja Wilson F 6-5 Heathwood Hall Episcopal School (Hopkins, SC) Undecided

Name Pos Hgt High School (Hometown) College
Ariel Atkins G 5-11 Duncanville High School (Duncanville, TX) Texas
Recee’ Caldwell PG 5-8 FEAST Home School (San Antonio, TX) UCLA
Jordin Canada PG 5-6 Windward School (Los Angeles, CA) UCLA
Mikayla Cowling W 6-1 Saint Mary’s College High School (Benicia, CA) California
Lajahna Drummer F 6-2 Long Beach Polytechnic High School (Los Angeles, CA) UCLA
Gabby Green W 6-1 Saint Mary’s College High School (Oakland, CA) California
Brooke McCarty PG 5-4 Clear Springs High School (League City, TX) Texas
Jaime Nared W 6-1 Westview High School (Portland, OR) Tennessee
Alyssa Rice C 6-3 Reynoldsburg High School (Reynoldsburg, OH) Kentucky
Brianna Turner F 6-3 Manvel High School (Pearland, TX) Notre Dame
Chatrice White C 6-3 Shelby Public High School (Shelby, NE) Illinois
Gabby Williams G 5-11 Edward C. Reed High School (Sparks, NV) UConn

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Maryland officially inks Top 5 rated hoops recruiting class

Posted on 14 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland Men’s Basketball Welcomes Top-5 Recruiting Class

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach Mark Turgeon and the University of Maryland men’s basketball team has hauled in a nationally ranked top-5 recruiting class (2014-15) according to multiple recruiting outlets.

Turgeon announced the signings of 6-4 guard Dion Wiley (Oxon, Md.), 6-2 guard Romelo Trimble (Arlington, Va.), 6-6 forward Jared Nickens (Norristown, Pa.) and 7-1 center Trayvon Reed (Snellville, Ga.).

“We added four very skilled players who, combined with their outstanding character, will be very welcomed additions to the University of Maryland basketball program,” Turgeon said. “Their personalities will fit in great with their future teammates. With their potential to get better, it should be a really fun group to coach.”

According to national scouting services, Maryland’s class was ranked No. 4 in the country by Scout.com and No. 5 by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247sports.com.

Wiley, Nickens, Reed and Trimble are all ranked among the top-100 players in the country.

“Maryland has really put an emphasis on recruiting,” said Jerry Meyers of 247sports.com. “Maryland really has a chance to take the program to another level. They are not backing away from a recruiting battle. They have targeted their local and regional prospects and for the most part have been successful landing those players. They have also done a great job expanding their reach nationally. This has had an impact on other recruits. Maryland basketball has done a great job getting their name out there.”

This highly touted class follows a pair of Top-20 recruiting classes in Turgeon’s first two seasons as Maryland’s head coach.

“Maryland basketball fans should be very excited about the direction our program is headed under Coach Turgeon’s leadership,” said Kevin Anderson, director of athletics. “The 2014-15 class is a testament to the hard work and emphasis that Mark and his staff have put into recruiting top student-athletes.”


DION WILEY (6-4, 210, SG, Oxon Hill, Md.)

A four-star prospect and the 4th-ranked shooting guard (28th overall) nationally by Scout.com… four-star prospect and the 17th-ranked shooting guard nationally (46th overall) by 247sports.com…ranked 49thnationally by Rivals.com…played AAU for Team Takeover and made 38-of-79 3-pointers for first three sessions.

Turgeon on Wiley: “When you ask coaches about Dion, they always share how loyal he is to his team and teammates. He is an outstanding young man who has a tremendous upside joining our program. His ability to knock down a jump shot also complements his great passing ability.”

Wiley: “I really like the coaching staff and the style of play at Maryland. It was great the way I was recruited by the entire staff and Coach Turgeon really took an interest in me. I look forward to playing with Roddy Peters, Jake Layman, Nick Faust and the rest of the team.”

Keith Stevens, Team Takeover: “Dion is a hard-working and special player who leads by example. The coaching staff really took pride in building a relationship with Dion’s family and inner circle and it showed. He has great three-point shooting ability and can really open things up with his creativity.”

Eric Bossi, Rivals.com: “Wiley is one of the strongest and most physically tough to handle wings in the class of 2014. He is able to move opponents around with his shoulders and plays through contact with relative ease. Where the future Terp stands out, though, is as a shooter. When he’s locked in and has his feet set, his range stretches out to 23 feet and he has a quick and crisp release. He has easy college three-point range. He’s also pretty comfortable shooting off the dribble or curling off of screens to knock down open looks. He’s a scorer with a jumper, but can also punish defenders with his physicality.”

Josh Stirn, 247Sports.com: “Wiley will be able to make an immediate contribution as a shooting guard, most likely off the bench, during his freshman year. Having spent so much time playing against the best high school players in the nation, his transition to the college game should be smooth. He’s also done a great job with Team Takeover playing team basketball and understanding when to pick his spots.”


ROMELO TRIMBLE (6-2, 190, PG, Arlington, Va.)

A four-star prospect, the 6th-ranked point guard nationally and the 33rd-ranked player overall by247sports.com…a four-star prospect and 8th-ranked point guard nationally (35th overall) by Scout.com… ranked 36th by Rivals.com…played AAU for DC Assault

Turgeon on Trimble: “Romelo is a point guard with great vision who is equally adept as a passer and scorer. He excels in the pick-and-roll and was the first young man to commit to our program and played a pivotal role as we built this outstanding class. He is a winner on and off the court and we’re excited to have him at Maryland.”

Eric Moses, D.C. Assault: “Romelo is a quality person with great work ethic and dedication. He will be a great addition to Maryland. What impresses me the most is his improvement of his all-around game. He has developed into a complete basketball player.”

ESPN.com: “Trimble is a long lean combination guard that has a good feel for the game. He is an excellent shooter with three point range mostly off the catch, but can make scoring plays off the dribble as well.”

Evan Daniels, Scout.com: “Trimble brings versatility to the guard position. He’s a long-range shooter who finishes well with contact. He can score and put the ball in the basket. He’s a very smart player. He’s a true combo guard. His biggest strength is his perimeter game with his quick release and he’s one of the better shooters in the 2014 class.”


TRAYVON REED (7-1, 218, C, Snellville, Ga.)

A four-star prospect and the 7th-ranked center nationally (75th overall) by 247sports.com…a four-star prospect and the 12th-ranked center nationally (86th overall) by Scout.com…ranked 99th overall by Rivals.com…played AAU for Atlanta Xpress.

Turgeon on Reed: “Trayvon is a long athletic rim-protector and very skilled for his size. He is a willing passer with a big upside and a very bright future.”

Reed: “I feel like Maryland is a great fit for me. Coach Bino Ranson and I formed a strong bond and I feel like the entire coaching staff is down to earth. I take pride in rebounding, blocking shots and running the floor and I’ve been working on my post moves to improve my offensive game.”

Pervis Ellison, Life Academy: “Trayvon is a very quality young man with a very mature mindset in terms of what he wants to achieve in life. He sees the floor well, has fantastic hands and has a great shooting touch.”

Paul Biancardi, ESPN.com: “Trayvon’s got a great combination of size, length and bouncy legs. He’s very mobile and moves well away from the basketball. Fans are going to love him because he can come over from the weak side and block shots. He’s got a great wing span and he’s a terrific finisher around the rim.”


JARED NICKENS (6-6, 180, SF, Norristown, Pa.)

A four-star prospect and 20th-ranked small forward nationally (90th overall) by Scout.com…a four star prospect and the 25th-ranked (97th overall) small forward nationally by 247sports.com …ranked 93rd overall by Rivals.com…Averaged 16 points and five rebounds at Westtown School for the 2012-13 season.

Turgeon on Nickens: “Jared is a long wing player who is an outstanding shooter. He has a tremendous upside and a great feel for the game of basketball.”

Nickens: “It’s very exciting to be attending the University of Maryland. I had a great visit and it was a great fit for me. I love the school. Coach Turgeon, Coach Spinelli and the entire staff had all of the players’ best interests in mind during my visit. This is an outstanding place to fulfill my dream and to succeed both academically and athletically. I’m going to get a great education and Maryland instantly felt like family.” 

Seth Berger, Westtown School: “Jared is not only a great young man, but a great teammate. He will fill in very well with Maryland. He has always been a great shooter and now has developed into an outstanding basketball player. He’s an excellent defender, a great communicator and he always finds ways to make his teammates better.”

Jerry Meyers, 247sports.com: “He’s a very versatile player that can do a lot of different things for a team. He can guard more than one position. He’s an effective offensive rebounder and is tough to keep off the boards. He has a great feel for the game.”

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Highly rated 2014 guard Wiley commits to Maryland

Posted on 07 June 2013 by WNST Staff

Class of 2014 shooting guard Dion Wiley committed to the University of Maryland this morning. Wiley is ranked as the 22nd best player in the class and the 3rd best shooting guard, according to ESPN’s rankings.

The Potomac High standout chose the Terps over powerhouse programs like Indiana, Florida and local rival Georgetown. In his junior season, Wiley averaged 17.9 points while shooting 52 percent from the field, and added 8.3 rebounds, 6.4 assists, and 3.2 steals, according to the Washington Post.

Keith Stevens, Wiley’s Team Takeover coach, called Wiley “one of the best shooters” that he has ever seen. Stevens has coached Wiley for 18 years.

He joins guard Romelo Trimble as another consensus top 75-player to join the Terps in 2014. Roddy Peters, Nick Faust, and Seth Allen will also be included in the mix, giving the Terrapins a talented backcourt for when they join the Big 10 in 2014.

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