Mark Turgeon just added an impressive piece to his fast-growing collection of talent.
Wiley insisted he'd wait until the fall to make a college commitment, but Maryland's staff never relented and the sharp-shooting rising senior decided he didn't want to go anywhere else.
Potomac (Md.) star Dion Wiley this morning verbally committed to Turgeon A 6-foot-3 shooting guard rated the No. 36 player in the Class of 2014, Wiley chose Maryland over offers from Florida, Georgetown, Indiana, N.C. State and various other high-major programs.
"I called coach Turgeon and said I want to be a Terp. He said he was proud of me," Wiley told IMS. "Now that it's done I can just focus on my grades and getting ready for the next level."
Wiley had long planned to wait until the fall of his senior year to make a commitment, but Maryland’s coaches continued their year-long, all-out pursuit – Turgeon and company have been fixtures at his high school and followed his AAU team across the country -- and he concluded nowhere else would feel as comfortable.
"It started to think in a few days ago, probably Monday. Really, it was just the being comfortable with the staff and how they recruited me. They've recruited me since Day one, not just the assistants but coach Turgeon. You know when the head coach is recruiting you personally, that makes you feel special," Wiley said.
“They’ve been there since the start,” said David Broach, an assistant coach at Potomac and mentor to Wiley. “They were the first school to really recruit him, and it was the whole staff from top to bottom. It hasn’t been just one recruiter. He’s comfortable with them.”
In Wiley, Maryland will get one of the best three-point shooters in the country and perhaps the final piece to its reloaded backcourt; Bishop O’Connell (Va.) rising senior Melo Trimble, another heralded shooter and the No. 11 point guard in the 2014 rankings, has been committed since last December. And this year Turgeon welcomes another prized local guard, five-star Suitland (Md.) graduate Roddy Peters.
Turgeon broke Maryland’s extended drought with one local AAU power, D.C. Assault, by snagging Peters and Trimble. Wiley, meanwhile, is the Terps’ first recruit from the other – Team Takeover.
"They said they support my decision 100 percent," Wiley said. "I told my friends and family already. They're comfortable with it. They're proud of me."
The state's flagship basketball program hasn’t enjoyed such success recruiting its talent-laden home territory in years, a local groundswell not lost on Wiley.
“I think it was [a factor]. They’re really trying to keep local guys locked down and letting these guys know about everything that Maryland has to offer. They’re still Maryland, and they’re getting back to where they were,” Broach said. ”It’s one of the best schools in the country. One experience he had was, when he went to the Maryland Duke game and Maryland won, that was an experience that compared to nothing else.”
Maryland’s only got nine players on scholarship heading into next season, though Turgeon could add another guard if an immediately eligible graduate transfer becomes available; with so many young guards joining the program, he’s unlikely to clog the roster by signing one with more than a year of eligibility remaining.
The Terps also appear likely to sign a mall forward and a post player for a four-man 2014 class. Pennsylvania small forward Jared Nickens, another highly regarded shooter, is scheduled to visit Maryland next weekend. And Wiley, fresh off his commitment, will take his official to College Park beginning Monday.
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