InsideMDSports: Terps scouting 2013 shooting guard from Ohio

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It’s unknown whether or not Mark Turgeon will add another guard to his two-man 2013 class, but as expected, the Terps are seeing what's out there. Mark Alstork, a 6-foot-4 guard from Thurgood Marshall High in Dayton, Ohio, recently heard from Terps assistant Bino Ranson.

“He just said he was interested and he wanted to see some film. My coach is working on that. I think he might have sent it three days ago,” said Alstork, who averages around 20 points for Ohio’s top-ranked team. “He said they’re looking for a 2 who can also play the 1, play on the ball and really play defense, pressure the ball. Somebody who can come in and make an impact from the start.”

Alstork was largely overlooked until recently. He entered his senior season with two offers, from Cleveland State and Wright State. But he’s taken his game to a new level, and his 23-point performance last month against national power Findlay Prep and Indiana commit Stanford Robinson opened some eyes.

“I’m a late bloomer. I’ve always been the underdog,” he said. “I’ve just been coming on and they’re seeing I can play against the high-level players.”

Drake, Miami (OH), Illinois State and a few other mid-majors have offered, while Maryland, Boston College and Oregon all have expressed interest. New calls continue to come in daily for Alstork, as often happens this time of year for fully qualified guards with size and scoring ability.

Alstork will visit Drake on Feb. 14 and may take a visit to Radford, depending on whether other offers materialize. Should the Terps show serious interest after reviewing his film, he said he’d love to visit Maryland.

“Oh yeah, no doubt about it,” he said. “I’m familiar with them. It’s a big program. I’m familiar from seeing them in the tournament every year and seeing them playing against big teams.”

Alstork, a pure shooter with a strong mid-range game, doesn’t have any specific timetable for a commitment. With his team likely to make a deep postseason run, it could be a while, or if he falls in love with Drake, he could make a commitment on his visit.

“I’m not just looking for the biggest school. I just want to have an opportunity to make an impact and get into the rotation as a freshman,” he said.

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