By Jeff Ermann
Special to The Baltimore Sun
7:05 AM EDT, May 16, 2012
Only a select few guards in the Class of 2013 have garnered scholarship offers from Maryland, but the Terps staff has also been keeping tabs on a group of other targets who’ve caught coach Mark Turgeon’s eye. One such prospect is RaShawn Powell.
Maryland first began to recruit Powell, a 6-foot, 170-pound junior at Dr. Phillips High (Orlando, Fla.) early this year. The Terrapins weren’t the only ones impressed by Powell, who has offers from Virginia Tech, UCF and Miami, along with interest from Maryland, Florida State and others.
Leigh Klein, who covers basketball recruiting for 247Sports, watched Powell last weekend at the The King James Shooting Stars Classic and wrote: “Hoards of college coaches were following this explosive guard around. Powell is a mid-major plus, who drew comparisons to a bigger Chris Paul.”
Powell has high interest in Maryland, but told 247Sports’ Franz Beard this weekend at the Nike EYBL event in Dallas that he he hasn’t heard a lot from the staff lately.
MARYLAND: "I haven’t heard as much from them lately but I want to get a better relationship with them. I like Coach Turgeon. He’s a pretty cool guy."
VIRGINIA TECH: "I like the coach. I know he got fired but I like the assistant [who they hired to replace Coach Greenberg]. I like how they let their guards play. They just let them loose and play a lot of transition ball."
MIAMI: "They’re still sending me a bunch of letters and stuff."
UCF: "Coach Donnie [Jones] and I get along good. I did a little visit there last Wednesday. I like what I saw and the way they were talking to me."
FLORIDA STATE: "They just started calling me last week and we’re just starting to talk."
Powell also said he’s in good shape academically and having already gained a reputation as a big-time scorer, will spend the summer working to bolster his skills on the other end.
“I have to sign up for my ACT. My GPA is in good shape,” Powell said. “I’ll be trying to improve my defense this summer. I think my offensive skills are there but I have to get better on defense.”
At the moment, it seems UCF could be the school to beat for Powell, who goes by the nickname, “Pookie.”“Coach Donnie [Jones] and I get along good,” Powell said. “I did a little visit there last Wednesday. I like what I saw and the way they were talking to me.”
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