Four-star point guard Tyger Campbell committed to UCLA on Tuesday, continuing a streak of recruiting misses for the Maryland men’s basketball team.
Campbell, a 6-foot standout at La Lumiere School (Ind.) who’s rated the No. 72 overall recruit in the Class of 2018 in the 247Sports.com Composite rankings, also considered DePaul and Purdue. His commitment would’ve given the Terps the nation's fourth-ranked incoming class, according to the 247Sports.com’s team rankings.
Maryland’s trio of top-80 prospects — five-star forward Jalen Smith (Mount Saint Joseph), four-star wing Aaron Wiggins and four-star combo guard Eric Ayala — is behind only Michigan State’s haul of incoming recruits in the Big Ten, but the Terps’ more recent efforts to close out their class have been largely disappointing.
Since late last summer, Maryland has lost recruiting battles for the following prospects for whom they were seen as contenders: four-star forward Silvio De Sousa (Kansas), five-star point guard Devon Dotson (Kansas), five-star wing Keldon Johnson (Kentucky), four-star forward Jairus Hamilton (Boston College), three-star forward Sam Froling (Creighton), five-star center Moses Brown (UCLA) and now Campbell.
If sophomore forward Justin Jackson or freshman center Bruno Fernando passes on the NBA draft after this season and returns to school, the Terps would have one of their more talented rosters under coach Mark Turgeon, but still one with glaring holes. Anthony Cowan Jr. is again set to be the lone true point guard on the roster. The team is likely to be thin at center.
But Turgeon has proved adept at late-cycle signings, nabbing forwards Jackson, Joshua Tomaic and Ivan Bender as well as center Michal Cekovsky in the spring or summer before their freshman seasons.