Not even a week after getting the commitment of Dion Wiley, Mark Turgeon has brought in another prime 2014 shooter into Maryland's future - 6'6", 180 pound small forward Jared Nickens, according to IMS.
Last year at Westtown School (Pa.), Nickens averaged around 16 points and five rebounds per game. Nickens received offers from Wake Forest, Oklahoma and Miami, among others.
Rivals, Scout and 24/7 rate him at three stars, and 24/7 rates him the 153rd best player in the country (and fifth in Pennsylvania). ESPN is highest on Nickens, giving him four stars and ranking him third in the state. Maryland's class rankings shot up after the Wiley commitment, and another boost may happen now.
Now Maryland's attention will turn to big men, as they've secured three excellent shooters in the class (don't forget about Melo Trimble). The Terps now have one open scholarship in the 2014 class, and will look for either Chinanu Onuaku, Obi Enechionyia, Trayvon Reed, or Goodluck Okonoboh to fill it.
But today is Nickens's day, and a happy one it is for Terp fans. Maryland gets a shooting forward who will come in the same year that Evan Smotrycz, Dez Wells and Nick Faust are seniors, allowing him to learn the ropes before being expected to seriously contribute.
Here's a highlight video from when he was at his previous school. Enjoy.