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Maryland men’s basketball picks up a commitment from 4-star guard Jamie Kaiser Jr.

Maryland men’s basketball coach Kevin Willard earned a major victory on the recruiting trail Sunday when four-star guard Jamie Kaiser Jr. committed to the program.

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Kaiser, a Class of 2023 recruit from Burke, Virginia, who played at Bishop Ireton in Virginia before transferring to IMG Academy in Florida, picked the Terps over Indiana and Virginia. Miami (Fla.), Boston College, Iowa, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin were among his top nine schools, and he also fielded offers from Oregon, UCLA, Ohio State, Georgetown and others.

Kaiser considered playing football in college but announced on Twitter in April that he was going to pursue a basketball career instead. At 6 feet 6, Kaiser is ranked the 21st best shooting guard and the 101st overall player in the nation, according to the 247Sports’ composite rankings.

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Kaiser’s commitment comes after the Terps landed St. Frances four-star guard Jahnathan Lamothe, who is ranked the No. 124 player in the country, the No. 22 shooting guard and the fourth-best player in Maryland in the Class of 2023, according to the 247Sports’ composite rankings. With the pair of commitments, the Terps have the No. 11 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports.

Willard secured one Class of 2022 recruit in Noah Batchelor, who is from Frederick County and played for St. Maria Goretti and Glenelg Country School in Ellicott City before transferring to IMG Academy. He was ranked the No. 46 small forward and the No. 221 overall player from the recruiting class, according to 247Sports, but the Terps’ largely reloaded their roster through the transfer portal by adding Jahmir Young, a former DeMatha standout who starred at Charlotte, Jahari Long from Seton Hall, Donald Carey from Georgetown and Patrick Emilien from St. Francis Brooklyn.

Young and Carey are likely to start alongside returners Hakim Hart, Donta Scott and Julian Reese.

Maryland opens its season Nov. 7 at home against Niagara.


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