Dion Wiley, freshman, guard, No. 5
Senior year high school stats: Averaged 17.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists
Recruiting Ratings: Four star recruit, second-best player in the state of Maryland and 53rd best player in the class according to 247sports.
Who did Maryland beat out? Georgetown, Florida, Connecticut, Indiana and 14 other major D1 schools.
High School: Potomac High School
Hometown: Oxon Hill, Md.
How'd He Get to College Park?
Playing high school basketball just 25 miles away from College Park, the guard was always near the top of Mark Turgeon's list of players he wanted. The 6'4'', 210 pound freshman was the leader on a 23-5 Potomac team that won the 2A Maryland State Championship last season. He was awarded First Team All-Metro by the Washington Post two years in a row and played AAU for Team Takeover.
And if you don't believe he was a highly touted recruits after that, here are his highlights:
Hoisting the 2013-14 2A Maryland State Championship Trophy in the air after destroying Oakland Mills in the finals.
Get's selected for First Team All-Freshman in the Big Ten
Dion Wiley has a real chance to earn some key minutes from the get-go, especially with Evan Smotrycz's injury hindering Maryland's depth a little. Maryland's starting five seems to feature senior leader Dez Wells has the two-guard and freshman sensation Melo Trimble at the point, but Wiiley could see some valuable minutes in smaller sets, seeing that Wells is flexible enough to stretch to small forward. The freshman needs to prove his worth early and compete against his counterparts Richaud Pack and Jared Nickens for the sixth or seventh man role. With Smotrycz out, Jake Layman could see time at the four in those small sets, giving Wiley an opportunity for that third guard spot.
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