After seeing two highly rated recruiting targets recently announce oral commitments to other schools, Maryland made the list of four programs still under consideration by five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley of John Carroll.
Quickley, 6 feet 3, who is rated by ESPN as the No. 1 point guard in the country and the No. 12 player overall for the class of 2018, announced on Twitter on Monday that he is down to Maryland, Kansas, Kentucky and Miami.
Duke and Virginia have been eliminated from his list.
In an interview with Scout.com, Quickley analyzed the four finalists through what he thinks of the team’s respective coaches.
Kentucky: “Coach [John] Calipari, what he’s done with men like me. Getting freshman PGs, developing them and getting them to the NBA is what I like about Kentucky.”
Kansas: “Coach Bill Self is great on and off the floor. I really liked the feel of Allen Fieldhouse when I visited. The feel there was cool to see.”
Maryland: “That’s my hometown. I think hometown always has an advantage. What Coach [Mark] Turgeon has done the past two or three years is special.”
Miami: “I think we really connected with Miami when they came and visited. All four coaches, in a good and positive way. Coach [Jim] Larranaga is a great guy, and I respect him on and off the court.”
The Terps occupied the top spot in Quickley’s tweet with the other three teams listed below. It's also interesting that Quickley showed himself wearing No. 3 at each school -- a number that hasn't been worn at Maryland since Juan Dixon in 2002.
The Terps recently saw Prentiss Hubb, a four-star prospect from Washington rated the 10th-best point guard and 59th player overall by ESPN, commit to Notre Dame.
Brandon Slater, a four-star prospect from Fairfax, Va., rated the 11th best wing player and 42nd overall player overall by ESPN, committed to Virginia.