Maryland's 2014 basketball recruiting class got its point guard in December when Melo Trimble of Bishop O'Connell in Arlington, Va., pledged to the Terps. On Friday morning, Maryland paired Washington's best lead guard with the area's top-ranked shooter.
Dion Wiley, a four-star prospect from Potomac High, committed to Maryland over offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Georgetown, Indiana and Miami.
"We’ve been talking about [him committing to Maryland] for a week or so," said Keith Stevens, Wiley's AAU coach with the D.C.-based Team Takeover. "He was comfortable with it. He felt like those guys had the right situation on and off the court."
Wiley averaged 17.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 3.2 steals and shot 52 percent from the field as a junior, according to The Washington Post. His play during the high school season carried over to Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League this spring, where scouts have praised him for his athleticism and outside shooting.
"He is a legit option on the wing, a guy who can really score the basketball and shoot from deep," said Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels. "He has a quick trigger from long distance. He gives them a legitimate perimeter threat. It’s a great pickup for Maryland."
Said Stevens: "He’s our leading scorer. He’s a kid that can really separate and open up a game real fast with his ability to make shots. I think he’s an underrated ballhander, a good creator and passer. He’s got a chance to be special if he puts in the work and stays focused. The sky’s the limit."
Under Stevens' direction over the past 18 years, Team Takeover has become arguably the preeminent AAU program in the country. In Wiley -- the No. 36 player nationally according to 247Sports -- Stevens said the Terps have landed "one of the best shooters" he has ever coached.
"I think he has a unique game and he can shoot the ball and spread the floor like a Ray Allen type," Stevens said. "He’s deceptively athletic and has really good instincts defensively.
"When you watch the kid as much as we’ve watched him, there’s no surprises. I think he’s got a lot more to give than what he’s given so far. He should be a McDonald’s All-American. I think he’s a kid that can be All-Freshman Big Ten."
With Wiley and Trimble now in the fold, the Maryland coaching staff's attention will now likely turn toward forwards and centers to fill the remaining two scholarships available in the 2014 class. Daniels said that starting the group with Wiley and Trimble -- from Washington's top AAU programs in Team Takeover and D.C. Assault, respectively -- is undeniably "huge."
"Those two together are going to make up on the best incoming backcourts in the country next year," Daniels said. "For Maryland to get the best player from Team Takeover and the best player from D.C. Assault is a huge step. When Mark Turgeon got the job, he focused on keeping the local players home. He’s getting it done in a major way. These two guys, pairing them together, it’s a big step. If you look at the incoming backcourt next year, those two guys, wow. You’re going to be pretty impressive."
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