When Maryland first opened Comcast Center for the 2002-03 season, the Terps were coming off winning their first national championship a year after making the program's first appearance in the Final Four.
With the current team being picked among the favorites to win a national championship in 2016, the arena now called Xfinity Center has apparently aged well. At least enough for Josh Jackson, considered by many to be the nation's top recruit.
Four days after he took an unofficial visit to College Park, the 6-7 forward from Detroit told Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv that he could "definitely envision" himself playing at Maryland beginning in 2016-17. Jackson said one of the most impressive parts of his visit was the team's arena.
"It's a beautiful place, I love the gym," he said Friday in New York, where Jackson is playing in Saturday's Under Armour Elite 24 All-Star Game. "The gym is one of the best gyms I've seen ... so I really enjoyed my visit to Maryland. I fell in love with the gym. I really wanted to meet a lot of the players but sadly most of them weren't there, some were at home."
Jackson said he could see himself playing for Mark Turgeon.
"He would just let me play my game," Jackson said. "He knows I play really hard, I'm diving on ... loose balls and things like that. He says I'm the kind of guy that he wants on his team."
Jackson said he planned to make visits to Arizona, Kansas and Michigan State.