This Spring, Mark Turgeon and his staff have been traveling across the country scouting high school players that will best fit their system and help continue Maryland basketball's recent winning ways. Given the success of Maryland's 2014-15 team, and the potential for a deep tournament run in 2016, the Terps have a lot of momentum on the recruiting trail. With five-star recruit Diamond Stone selecting the Terps over his hometown Wisconsin Badgers, Maryland has the example of a top-tier prospect deciding that College Park was the best place for him. While each player's situation is different, the coaches will look to use Diamond Stone's commitment to their advantage with other elite prospects.
Turgeon ventured to New Orleans in mid-April to watch the Under Armour circuit, where Trevon Duval was playing. The 6-foot-3 guard captured the eye of Maryland coaches and earned a scholarship offer. Duval is listed as the 13th-best player and second-best point guard in the nation, for the class of 2017, according to 247Sports.
He also holds offers from several other high-profile programs including Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse and Villanova. Louisville is the early leader in the Crystal Ball predictions on 247Sports.
Given that current point guard Melo Trimble is expected to declare for the NBA Draft after his sophomore or junior season, Maryland will have JUCO player Jaylen Brantley and the 53rd-best player in the class of 2016 Anthony Cowan Jr. at the point guard position in 2017. Brantley would be entering his last season of eligibility, and Cowan would only be a sophomore. The Terps are also actively in the mix for guards Tony Carr and Curtis Jones, Maryland could be set for a dangerous backcourt for years to come.
Duval seems to be a great talent and if the coaches at Maryland can find a way to bring him to College Park, then he should be welcomed with open arms. Duval plays for the WE-R1 (We Are One) AAU team, and averaged 17.8 points, and 3.2 assists at the Under Armour circuit in New Orleans, according to slamonline.com.
Duval led St. Benedict's Prep School to the Prep School A title last season, averaging 15.9 points per game but will transfer out of the program for his final two years of high school.
Watching Duval's highlight video, it looks as if he is a player who is adept at creating shots off the dribble and getting to the basket. He seems to be a capable three-point shooter, but will not settle for the shot. He seems to hustle and play defense at a high level, something that should be appreciated for a player of his caliber. Lastly, he showed the ability and willingness to get his teammates involved. Based on his ability to score and shoot, he could be a great combo guard who would fit well in Turgeon's offense as both a scorer and facilitator.