Mark Turgeon's push to keep local talent close to home was on display over the past week.
The Maryland men's basketball coach extended offers to four prospects from D.C.-based AAU programs: Riverdale Baptist junior forward Chinanu Onuaku of D.C. Assault, and St. John's (D.C.) junior point guard Tre Campbell, Gonzaga (D.C.) sophomore point guard Bryant Crawford and Paul VI (Va.) sophomore wing Franklin Howard, all of whom play for Team Takeover.
“I’m very happy whenever I get an offer from any school, but Maryland is special because they’re a hometown team and I grew up watching them,” Howard told The Washington Post.
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** Rutgers shooting guard transfer Eli Carter will visit Maryland and Florida this week, according to Jon Rothstein. The Scarlet Knights' leading scorer tweeted that in addition to considering the Terps and Gators, he's also looking at Memphis, Creighton, Buffalo and Pittsburgh.
** Memphis combo guard transfer Antonio Barton (Lake Clifton) is getting "heavy interest" from Maryland, Kansas State, Texas A&M and Tennessee, and Syracuse may also "be in the mix," according to CBSSports.com's Jeff Goodman.
Georgia Tech, Auburn, Maryland, Florida State, Miami, Florida, Wake Forest and Georgia are the schools he listed when asked who has offered, but he also added, with a chuckle, that it’s basically “every school in the south.”
"I can't imagine not playing any of them," said Confroy, ranked No. 54 nationally in the Class of 2014 by Blue Star Basketball, and a Maryland recruit. "Most of my coaches embrace multiple sports athletes. They're understanding of the conflicts and scheduling. It's tough, but I like staying busy."