By Don Markus
The Baltimore Sun
4:48 PM EDT, August 20, 2013
The is-he-or-isn't-he-coming saga of Maryland four-star recruit Trayvon Reed could have some finality as soon as Wednesday.
The 7-foot-1, 210-pound center from Snellville, Ga., rated among the top 10 big men in the country, told at least one reporter last week that he was coming to College Park as part of the 2014 recruiting class that already includes shooting guards Dion Wiley of Oxon Hill and Melo Trimble of Upper Marlboro, as well as wing shooter Jared Nickens of Monmouth Junction, N.J.
That announcement sparked a bunch of denials, and a retraction by the reporter who first tweeted it, but the essence of it seems to be true. From what I've been told, Mark Turgeon didn’t want Reed to make a decision until he visited the campus. And, according to a source, that visit is expected to happen Wednesday.
It also didn't help that the Terps were recruiting two other big men -- Goodluck Okonoboh of Boston and Chinanu Onuaku of Upper Marlboro.
Okonoboh has reportedly taken the Terps off his final list, which includes Duke, Indiana and Florida. A source said that Maryland backed off toward the end, prompting the move.
Not to doubt Turgeon's ability as a recruiter, but the five-star Okonoboh is ranked much higher (19th in the country overall by ESPN, fourth-best big man) than either Reed (84th, 9th) or Onuaku, who is only a two-star recruit by ESPN.
Given the current makeup of the Terps, you'd expect that Turgeon will have at least one more scholarship available after the season. Both junior swingman Dez Wells and sophomore forward Jake Layman are on the radar of several NBA scouts, and it seems likely that at least one of them could make the jump if the Terps have a good year (meaning NCAA tournament, not NIT).
Maryland is also very interested in two wing players for 2014: 6-8, 220-pound forward Martin Geben, an Amateur Athletic Union teammate of Wiley with Team Takeover who lives in Hagerstown and played on Lithuania's under-19 team this summer; and Gary Clark of Clayton, N.C., a 6-7, 214-pound forward who plays for Chris Paul's CP3 team in North Carolina. Clark is a four-star recruit, according to ESPN, while Geben is a three-star.
Getting Reed might not be as high profile of a commitment as Okonoboh, but it's a sign that Alex Len's progress under Turgeon, however erratic, will attract big men to Comcast Center with hopes of also being the No. 5 (or higher) pick in the NBA draft.
Len was further along offensively than Reed, but he seems to be the kind of rim protector Turgeon covets at that position.
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