On Monday, Maryland offered 247Sports' No. 52 player in the class of 2015, forward Tyler Lydon.
Lydon is a New York native who transferred from his hometown school -- Pine Plains (N.Y.) -- to the New Hampton (N.H.) School.
The 6-foot-8 forward went from having offers from mid-major schools to picking up scholarships Boston College, Providence, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Penn State and Virginia Tech.
Since then, interest has only gone up after his continued success on the EYBL circuit and impressive showings at the Reebok Breakout Classic and in Las Vegas. His offer sheet now includes about 20 schools, including Syracuse and Florida.
Lydon picked up the Maryland offer after meeting with Mark Turgeon at his school's open gym. Turgeon was originally expected to be at the Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) to see Josh Sharma, but he made a surprise stop in New Hampshire instead.
"The head coach came to our open gym and it was the first time I’ve ever talked to anyone from Maryland," Lydon said. "But the assistant [Scott Spinelli] called my dad the other day and said that they were interested in recruiting me and the next thing you know they showed up. Like, I had no idea it was the head coach and then they offered me."Lydon is friends with a classmate whose cousin is Jake Layman -- a player Lydon is often compared to.
Lydon could potentially follow in Layman's footsteps to Maryland. Many believe that at this point, Lydon is actually better than Layman was. Both were great rebounders and shot blockers with versatile offensive skillsets at EYBL play. In just under 23 minutes per game, Lydon averaged 2.1 blocks and pulled down 7.1 rebounds.
Lydon mentioned four schools that fit his criteria.
"Syracuse has a bunch of guys that I feel like have gone on to play at the next level or even just graduated, and I feel like I can compare myself to a James Southerland, someone like that," he said. "Then you’ve got Florida. I think I could be like Chandler Parsons and then not so much Mike Miller, but I guess in a way. With Maryland, I feel like I could be like the kid Jake Layman. And I would say Virginia. ... [Joe Harris], I could almost be like him.A visit with Maryland hasn't been set up yet, but both sides want to get it done soon.
“I mean I would like to [visit]," Lydon said. "[Mark Turgeon] talked to me about getting down with my family eventually, probably pretty soon I would think it would happen, but I’m not too sure. I just know that I’d definitely like to get down and visit."