St. Frances junior Dwayne Morgan took a trip down I-95 last weekend to check out Maryland’s game against Georgia Southern.
Morgan, a five-star prospect and the No. 3 small forward in the country according to Scout.com, apparently enjoyed his time in College Park.
“It was a great visit. He had a chance to speak with the coaches. He loves the campus,” said Dwayne Wise, the general manager of Under Armour B’more’s Finest, Morgan’s AAU program. “He’s a big fan of [Maryland coach Mark Turgeon]. His mom, she likes Turge, too.”
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In the Terps’ 70-53 win over the Eagles, four freshmen logged at least 20 minutes. Seeing Charles Mitchell, Seth Allen, Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare already playing integral roles for Maryland was a definite positive for Morgan, according to Wise.
“If you’re a freshman and you can play, you’re going to play. That’s the attraction with Turgeon,” Wise said. “He goes with who can do it on the floor, whether it’s freshmen or seniors. That approach is a little different than maybe some previous Maryland teams. With Turgeon, it looks like whoever can do it on the floor plays.”
In addition to Maryland, Morgan is considering offers from Indiana, Missouri, Seton Hall, South Florida and UNLV. But even though he trimmed his list to those six programs last month, other schools haven’t stopped recruiting him.
“Georgetown continues to call [and] Villanova calls a lot,” Wise said. “[Wildcats assistant] coach [Raphael] Chillious is a good guy. He’s been recruiting him since he was at Washington. … [Hoyas] coach John Thompson has really recruited him. I think what did help was [watching a] Georgetown game, he saw that they did have a little more freedom within the offense than he probably originally thought.”
Wise said Morgan remains focused on the Bulls, Hoosiers, Pirates, Rebels, Terps and Tigers, but in recruiting, “anything can change.” In Wise’s opinion, Maryland – thanks to Turgeon, assistant coach Bino Ranson and the Comcast Center faithful – will “be right there” until the very end.
“I think he really, really likes those Maryland fans,” Wise said. “He’s big on fan support. That’s one of the main factors. Turge has a lot of freshmen playing. If you can produce, you’ll play. Turgeon is changing the face of their recruiting, [landing] top talent and getting on the floor and letting the talent decide who gets minutes or not. He’ll give you a chance.”