By Jakob Engelke
Special to The Baltimore Sun
7:16 AM EDT, April 25, 2013
With Roddy Peters arriving on campus for team workouts in early summer and rising senior Melo Trimble already committed to the Terps, it came as a surprise that Maryland would offer another guard in the class of 2014. But that’s exactly what coach Mark Turgeon did Monday afternoon with Tre Campbell (St. John’s).
The offer was not only unexpected by those who follow Maryland but also by Campbell himself.
“Coach Turgeon came to my school at St. John’s,” Campbell said. “Me and him were just talking and he was like, ‘We want to offer you a scholarship.’ I was excited. It was very unexpected. I wasn’t expecting him to offer me at all, but he did. It was a good feeling.”
The presence of Peters and Trimble hasn’t scared away Campbell, who averaged 13.5 points and five assists as a junior en route to being named first-team All-WCAC and second-team All-Met by The Washington Post. The 6-foot-2, 165-pound guard went head-to-head against Peters during the DMV Tip-Off Classic in December and finished with 26 points, 12 of which came from 3-pointers, as St. John’s topped Suitland, 65-64.
“I think I can play with them, alongside them,” Campbell said. “That’s what my conversation with [Turgeon] was about [Monday]. I think I fit in with them. He told me to think about playing with them. He said he likes guards and said that they’re two different types of guards that I can fit in with.”
In addition to his most recent offer from Maryland, Campbell also boasts offers from VCU, Penn State, St. Joseph’s, George Washington and George Mason, among others, with interest from Tennessee, Xavier, Florida State, Georgetown and Miami. He has yet to claim any early favorites for his services but had good things to say about Maryland.
“I know it has a good basketball tradition. They won a national championship a few years back and have some NBA players,” Campbell said. “I know a couple people there, too. I know Seth Allen and Pe’Shon Howard, but he left. And then I know a couple people who go to the school that don’t play sports.”
Playing with Team Takeover U17, Campbell suits up alongside other Maryland targets in Dion Wiley, Obi Enechionyia, Martin Geben and Marcus Derrickson. This past weekend, Campbell averaged 6.0 points and 3.3 assists as Team Takeover went 4-0 in the Nike EYBL event in Los Angeles.
Campbell said he’s spoken with Wiley about Maryland.
“I’ve talked to Dion about Maryland,” Campbell said. “I saw him [Monday] night. He was talking about the fans. As soon as I got the offer, [Maryland fans] were hitting my Twitter up real hard. I had like 30 new followers from the Terps. Everyone was telling me congratulations. I liked that.”
Campbell, who sees himself as a true point guard, wants to come to a decision this fall before the start of his senior season.
“I can really shoot the ball and then I’m a pass-first point guard,” Campbell said. “I like to get my teammates the ball. I also think I’m a good leader on the floor.”
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