By Jeff Ermann
Special to The Baltimore Sun
9:23 AM EDT, September 6, 2012
It’s safe to say Maryland has established itself as a serious player for Potomac junior Dion Wiley.
Wiley, a highly sought shooting guard regarded by many as a top-50 prospect in the Class of 2014, visited Maryland unofficially Saturday, and then decided to return Sunday to watch the team play pick-up games.
“It was good. I met some of the players, Nick Faust, Charles [Mitchell] and big Shaq. I’m watching the players right now. They’re looking good,” he said Sunday evening.
During his visit Saturday, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound sharpshooter attended Maryland’s football game against William & Mary with coach Mark Turgeon and director of basketball operations Dustin Clark.
“It was good. I like the environment there. They support the local kids like Stefon Diggs,” he said. “It’s local and I like the environment. I also like the academics there.”
Wiley has a bevy of early offers, including Georgetown, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Cincinnati, Miami, Rutgers and others, and is sure to pick up more as the process continues. He said he’s still not thinking about making a decision, but admitted that one school is standing out right now.
“Maryland,” he said. “It does” feel like a place he can envision himself.
Maryland’s got no lack of options in the 2014 class, but Wiley has clearly become one of the top choices for Turgeon and Co.
“They say I’m a top priority, They like that I’m a shooter and I can play off the ball and score the ball, along with my size” Wiley said.
“I talk to Roddy and Phil and Obi,” he said. “Roddy, he thinks it would be a good match with us in the backcourt together.”
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