It's a busy time in college basketball recruiting. Here's a roundup of some of the balls Maryland has in the air:
Chase for Wenyen Gabriel
Players are flying off recruiting boards quickly as the end of September nears, and pieces are starting to come together.
It's no secret Maryland is looking strongly at five-star forward Wenyen Gabriel, who would be the prize of Coach Mark Turgeon's recruiting class. Maryland wasn't able to win a commitment right away after Gabriel's official visit earlier this month, and it appears Gabriel's intent on visiting all five of his remaining schools (Maryland, Duke, Kentucky, Providence and UConn) before making his final decision.
Last week Gabriel had in-home visits with UConn on Monday, Duke on Tuesday, and Kentucky Wednesday before going on his second official visit to Kentucky. This began a four-visits-in-four weekends stretch, including Connecticut, Providence and Duke.
In the meantime the two schools Maryland will likely battle most for Gabriel, Duke and Kentucky, have been meeting with other forwards, whose commitments may force Gabriel to push them lower on his list.
Last week Duke saw one of the top players in the recruiting class, Harry Giles, who is considered a lean to play alongside his friend Jayson Tatum, and received a commitment from 4-star forward Javin DeLaurier, who they offered less than two weeks ago. The Blue Devils are making it known they aren't done yet, as Coach Kryzezewski and Assistant Coaches Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer will visit Gabriel at home in Massachusetts on Wednesday.
Kentucky, who also saw Giles, will wait until October 3rd to hear a final decision on where 5-star forward Miles Bridges will commit. He'll be choosing between Michigan State, Kentucky and Indiana, and recently the Spartans overtook the Wildcats in 247Sports crystal ball.
Jordan Tucker to visit for Maryland Madness
Following an unofficial in-state visit to St. John's, the no. 33 ranked recruit in the class of 2017, Jordan Tucker, will unofficially visit College Park for Magic Maryland Madness on October 17th. Tucker will join 4-star 2016 forward Mario Kegler and 4-star Maryland commit Anthony Cowan who will be on official visits. Tucker is generally unfamiliar with Maryland, and is hearing more from Syracuse and St. John's according to 247Sports' Josh Stirn, but there's enough hype surrounding the likely pre-season top 5 Terrapins to pique high school junior's interest.
Other 2016 and 2017 recruiting news:
9/18 - Lamar Stevens committed to Penn State.
9/18 - Following Lamar Stevens' commitment to Penn State, Kegler has canceled his visit there, but will add one more.
9/18 - Hamidou Diallo received an offer from SMU.
9/18 - Kevin Knox received an offer from Wake Forest.
9/19 - Curtis Jones committed to Indiana.
9/21 - Vance Jackson will visit UConn Thursday.
9/22 - Brachen Hazen committed to UCF.
9/22 - Mario Kegler will visit Baylor this weekend.
9/22 - Udoika Azubuike had an in-home visit with Florida coach Mike White.
9/23 - Rawle Alkins updated his list to include eight teams, leaving off Maryland: Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, NC State, North Carolina, UNLV and St. John's.
9/23 - Hamidou Diallo received an offer from Syracuse.
9/23 - Kentucky Coach John Calipari saw Diallo today.
9/24 - Hamidou Diallo received an offer from Boston College.
9/25 - Wenyen Gabriel is on an official visit to Kentucky this weekend.
9/27 - Vance Jackson enjoyed his visit to UConn, will officially visit Cal on Thursday.
9/27 - Jordan Tucker will visit Maryland for Magic Maryland Madness October 17th.
9/28 - Brandon Robinson committed to North Carolina.
9/28 - Wenyen Gabriel will be visited by Duke's Coaches Mike Krzyzewski, Jon Scheyer and Jeff Capel tomorrow.
9/28 - Trevon Duval will be watched by Villanova and Indiana this week.
9/28 - Hamidou Diallo was watched by UConn coaches Kevin Ollie and Glen Miller this morning.
9/29 - Udoka Azubuike will visit NC State this weekend along with Bam Adebayo and Rawle Alkins.
9/29 - Kevin Knox received an offer from Syracuse.
9/29 - Kris Wilkes received an offer from Maryland.
9/29 - Jaren Jackson received an offer from Maryland.