With Charles Mitchell and Jonathan Graham seemingly on scholarship for next season, Maryland has two open scholarships to play with this offseason. We've discussed possible additions before, but it seems like they are finally focused on a few players.
First, and most importantly, Maryland desperately needs to add a veteran guard who'll be immediately eligible next season. Ian Chiles, a high-scoring, low-efficiency guard from IUPUI was supposed to visit College Park but committed to Tennessee while on their campus. Keith Shamburger, a pure-point guard from Hawaii, claimed a Maryland offer but committed to Missouri.
The most recent name we've heard connected with Maryland also seems to be the mostly likely addition. Richaud Pack is a 6-3 scoring guard that played at North Carolina A&T last season, averaging 17 points, 1.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game. This article by Alex Prewitt shows Pack to be an intelligent, thoughtful student with a passion for the game.
Pack visited Maryland this past weekend and was supposed to visit Texas A&M this week, but that doesn't seem to be happening anymore.
Richaud Pack said via text he decided not to visit Texas A&M. Fifth-year transfer between Terps and TCU.— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) May 16, 2014
This certainly seems to bode well for Maryland. While the Terps haven't been to the tournament in the last four seasons, or ever under Coach Mark Turgeon, they are still a far-and-away better program than TCU, who went 9-22 last season, including losses in their last 18 games, or, all of their conference games. The Horned Frogs have made the NCAA tournament just four times since 1960 and are widely considered one of the consistently worst programs in major college basketball. Simply, Maryland should beat them out for a player they covet every single time (barring behind-the-scenes ties or an above-all-else desire for playing time).
If and when Pack commits to Maryland, we'll have more on him as a player.
The other name Maryland's been mentioned with in the last few days is a significantly bigger one. Sophomore power forward Robert Carter announced his intention to transfer from Georgia Tech on Tuesday, immediately becoming maybe the best name on the transfer market. The former 5-star recruit from Georgia was pursued heavily by Maryland as a high schooler. At Georgia Tech, Carter was one of the most productive big men in the ACC, averaging 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds for his career while shooting 45.6% from the field.
During his recruitment I remember the prevailing notion being that it would be difficult to pry him out of the South, but that doesn't seem to be the case anymore.
Carter likely won't be eligible next season, but would still be a massive addition for the Terps' future. He's a proven player at a position of need. I'd go as far as to say he's the best possible 2015 "recruit" Maryland could land...better than a Esa Ahmad, Georgios Papagiannis, or even a Diamond Stone.