Every recruit on Maryland's radar, and everything you need to know about them.
Maryland started to show Mostella some light interest in late summer, offering him in July, probably as a Plan B for the Harrisons ending up elsewhere. Well, that's exactly what happened; there's a chance that Mostella, the #85 player in the country by composite rankings and #39 by 247, could become a much bigger Maryland target down the stretch if he's receptive to the Terrapins' overtures. An Alabama native, he's currently at La Lumiere School in Indiana, a highly-regarded prep academy where he'll get plenty of competition.
Major Strengths: Really, really athletic, with a lightning-quick first step and ability to drive past anybody. He gets into the lane at will, mostly due to his quickness at this point but also thanks to his pretty solid handles, and has a scorer's mentality: he's fearless and has a real craftiness about him in getting shots off. He has good body control, which allows him to hit layups and floaters in the lane that others maybe wouldn't. His athleticism makes him really tough to handle on the break.
Needs Improvement: He's a bit undersized and slight to boot, which could hurt him at the next level. As he runs into players who can check his quickness, he'll run into trouble because he doesn't really have an adequate jump shot to keep people honest. And for those looking for a potential point guard, he isn't one: much like Terrell Stoglin, he's a scorer's scorer who could use some improvement with his decision-making.
The Competition: Georgetown, SMU, Texas A&M. Maryland is behind the eight-ball at the moment, but Mostella doesn't plan on deciding until the spring of 2013, so there's time to make ground up. It'll probably depend on how much Mark Turgeon wants to add a fill-it-up 2-guard; he's not the answer to their point guard woes, not the type of player you build a team around, but he could really flourish if he's surrounded by jump shooters and asked to get points in the lane. The arrival of Dez Wells, though, may have soured the Terps on him.
Peters was angling for a Terrapins offer for quite some time, calling Maryland his "dream school" early in the process. He earned it with his play in the summer, catching the eye of Mark Turgeon and finally receiving that long-awaited scholarship offer. Problem is, now he has plenty of other big-time suitors, too.
Major Strengths: Peters is a big, physically imposing point guard who'll be able to see over most of his opposition and even play the 2 when the occasion calls for it. He's extremely skilled and very crafty, a bit reminiscent of our old friend Terrell Stoglin in that regard. He has a very well-rounded game with very few holes; he can create for others or get his own buckets, mostly through his length, physicality, and and canniness.
Needs Improvement: He's not an athletic specimen; that's for compensated somewhat by his size, but could still be a concern. He's a combo guard working to become a point, so his distribution and and traditional point guard skills will continue to need refinement.
The Competition: Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, Rutgers, UCLA, Xavier. Just a few weeks ago, it seemed almost impossible to think that Peters could be headed anywhere other than Maryland. Now, with Kansas and UCLA pushing hard, plus Georgetown and Rutgers making up ground, the Terps' former status as leader is under some serious doubt. Hearing that both sides have started to cool on each other is not an encouraging sign.
After Maryland whiffed on the Harrison Twins, were cut by Rysheed Jordan, and started to find themselves in hot water with Roddy Peters, Mark Turgeon looked elsewhere to fill his point guard hole. One interesting name popped up: Jevon Thomas, a former Dayton and St. John's commitment and NYC native, originally a 2012 recruit who ended up doing a prep year at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin - Martin Breunig's old haunt, if you recall. Thomas is yet to garner a Maryland offer, but if the Terps get into another few weeks without making progress with other big names, he could well get one.
Major Strengths: Thomas strikes me as the type of guy who, if he can make progress in the right areas, would end up at a mid-major (Dayton's close enough) and make a name for himself as a junior, with everyone else wondering "Why didn't we recruit this guy?" He just fits the profile. He's lightning quick on the ball, and his change of direction is rivaled probably only by Stefon Diggs. Despite being probably 5-10 or so, he can get up and dunk fairly easily. Technically, he has a tight, low handle, with great control of the ball and no issue crossing guys up. He's a legitimate point guard, too, with solid passing ability and a good basketball IQ and floor vision. He's not a jump shooter, but can use his other skills and canniness to get himself shots in the mid-range or at the rim.
Needs Improvement: The big problem you hear about him is maturity and attitude. He was described by the NY Post as "a flip-flopping sourpuss"; his AAU coach called him "the dumbest kid" off the court. He attended three high schools in four years and then ended up prepping in the fifth year. The biggest thing with any point guard, at least in Mark Turgeon's system, is steadiness and reliability. Can Thomas be a floor general? Can he be relied upon consistently? People often change; sometimes they don't. It's a question. Elsewhere, he's a pretty slight guy, and his jumper could use some work as well.
The Competition: Dayton, Penn State, Seton Hall. Maryland doesn't have an offer, but so long as he's uncommitted by the time they do offer him, you'd think they'd stand a very solid shot.
A highly-regarded wing from Philly powerhouse Imhotep, Austin was Pat Chambers' first big-time recruit at Penn State - until he decommitted from Nittany Lions in July. A bunch of high-major schools hopped on his recruitment immediately, and while Maryland didn't offer, they did register interest. Eventually he started to focus on other programs, but with spaces opening up for the Terps they could get involved again.
Major Strengths: Austin's long, lanky, and fairly athletic. Paired with his skill level, his physical tools allow him to play basically anywhere on the perimeter, from a face-up four to a point forward. Actually I'd say he's a point forward at his best, with a tight handle and good vision. He's a slasher with a quick first step, penetrating to either finish at the rim or dish the ball to an open teammate. Has drawn some comparisons to Kyle Anderson, albeit one with less skill, but that's still mighty tantalizing. With Maryland on the lookout for a primary ballhandler, this would be an interesting, creative potential fix.
Needs Improvement: Doesn't really possess a scorer's skillset, with streaky shooting and no real mid-range game to speak of. He also is a bit too lanky; he'll need to put on strength so he doesn't get pushed around by bulkier players, especially if he ends up as a 3.
The Competition: Georgetown, Miami, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA. Again, we're looking at some potential targets Maryland could look at here, so they'll need to register interest first. But this is a high-powered staff, and no school on that list scares me.
Originally a 2012 commitment, Dodd was a virtual unknown when he committed to the Terrapins in May. Mark Turgeon and his staff unearthed a gem on the Eastern Shore, with Dodd impressing scouts when they finally got to see him play. Instead of moving to College Park, though, he delayed his arrival by a year to prep, presumably because he'd be redshirted anyway and would get more out of playing games then sitting on the bench.
Major Strengths: Physically, has basically everything you want in a big man. He's a legit 6-9, maybe even bigger, and has a good frame already that could easily hold even more strength. He runs the floor well and is clearly athletic, to boot. In short: his tools are good enough to do basically anything on the court he wants to do. He's purported to be a tireless worker and highly coachable, which should appeal to a teacher like Turgeon. He's improved rapidly since committing, and should get even better as he faces more high-level competition and receives more high-level coaching.
Needs Improvement: He hasn't played a lot against guys who are just as good and big as he is, so his game lacks a good deal of refinement. His technique is still developing and only recently has he become more assertive with his size. He's a bit awkward and almost looks uncoordinated at times, especially when running the floor; that's the case with many big men, though, before they play enough to grow into their size.
Maryland Was Better Than: Georgetown. Others inquired, but Maryland locked him up quickly enough that he didn't give anyone else serious interest.