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InsideMDSports: Boys' Latin junior forward Kodye Pugh visits Terps, yet to receive offer

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Boys' Latin 6-foot-7 junior forward Kodye Pugh has seen a spike in his recruitment since spending his summer with WE-R1. His Baltimore-area high school has been a popular destination for college coaches the past few months.

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247Sports.com's No. 147-rated recruit in the Class of 2016 has taken trips to Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Temple and Syracuse and also has visited local schools such as Maryland and Georgetown multiple times. He made his latest visit to College Park for the Terps' game aginst Virginia at Xfinity Center.

"It's an amazing atmosphere," said Pugh, who is rated the No. 1 player in Maryland by the 247Composite. "Every time I go to a Maryland game, it's fun to see the student section and how involved in the game they are and their interactions."

He has attended College Park games since the beginning of last year, but he noticed more support from the students for the Virginia game. Pugh has taken note of the Terps' strong start to the season.

"They have a pretty good team right now," he said. "That's very impressive to me. They're starting to build it back up. They struggled the past few years, but they're starting to get it together."

Basketball is important to Pugh, but so are academics. He's an outstanding student and also a very good artist, designing his former Amateur Athletic Union team's logo as well as his school's notebook. Because of his versatility and uniqueness on and off the court, he has had schools from all around the country visit him. Georgia Tech, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, Princeton, Northwestern, Saint Joseph's, Temple and Rice have all offered. Stanford has expressed strong interest, but it doesn't t extend offers until it receives test score from prospective student-athletes.

Maryland has been there throughout his recruitment, with assistant coach Bino Ranson the point of contact, but the Terps haven't yet offered him.

"Maryland has been keeping in contact with me," he said. "They stay checking in, but that's about how far it's gotten so far. I'm definitely keeping them in consideration. I wouldn't say that they're not up there. I'm still keeping them in mind, definitely."

Pugh has a tough task in choosing which school is best for him. With such a variety of options, he said finding an up-tempo team with strong academics is at the top of his list of criteria. Pugh is considering majoring in either architecture or engineering and is aiming to play at the high-major level.

"I'm really just to find a school that fits my style of play and also has the great academic part to it," he said. "I'm not really worried about location because I really just want to go to a school where the opportunities are at for me."

It remains to be seen whether things will pick up between Maryland and Pugh. Currently, Georgetown, Princeton, Stanford and Northwestern appear to be his top options.

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