Following a visit from Mark Turgeon, Maryland has offered a pair of Indiana big men: five-star forward Kris Wilkes and four-star forward Jaren Jackson, 247 Sports' Josh Stirn reports.
A 6'7, 190-pound black belt in taekwondo, Wilkes is the No. 1 player in Indiana – a basketball hotspot – in the class of 2017. He competed in Under Armour's All-America camp this summer, where he measured in with a 6'10 wingspan. Wilkes holds offers from Butler, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Purdue, UCLA, and Xavier.
Though not as talented in the arts of Korean defense, the 6'8, 175-pound Jackson has a basketball background. His father, Jaren Jackson Sr., starred at Georgetown and played 13 seasons in the NBA, where he averaged 5.5 points per game as a 6'4 shooting guard. Jackson Jr. is the No. 5 player in Indiana in the class of 2017, and holds offers from Butler, Georgetown, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Xavier.
According to Stirn, Maryland is also scouting a junior college shot-blocking machine for 2016, 6'8 Thik Bol. As a freshman last season, the power forward scored 9.6 points per game, grabbed 8.5 rebounds, led the league with 4.9 blocks per game and set a team record with 147 blocked shots total.
When Jake Layman (and perhaps Robert Carter) leave Maryland after this season, the Terps will need forwards. Perhaps some combination of these three will fill a void.