Maryland basketball lost out on five-star forward Jaren Jackson Jr. this week, but Trevon Duval is another recruit who remains very much on the Terps’ radar.
Duval recently transferred to Florida powerhouse IMG Academy (home of Maryland football commit Joshua Kaindoh) for his senior year of high school. Duval's next big decision is where he will attend at least one year of college, and he recently released a top nine that included Maryland.
Duval is the No. 1 point guard and the No. 5 recruit overall in the class of 2017, according to The 247Sports Composite.
His father, Trevor, talked with InsideMdSports this week about his son’s recruitment.
Many suspect Maryland beat out Wisconsin for the recruitment of Diamond Stone because of the Under Armour connection. Whether or not that was the case for the current Clippers big, Duval’s father says his son will be making his college decision without Kevin Plank in mind.
Here’s what he told IMS;
"Everyone speculates that he's going to Maryland because of Under Armour or whatever, but that's not the case. He likes Coach Turgeon and the staff, and he liked the campus because it wasn't too big or too small. Maryland has been consistent."
Maryland is in the thick of things with powerhouses like Kansas, Villanova, and Arizona. Duke and Kentucky were late to reach out due to academic concerns and paid the ultimate price in terms of not making a mark on Duval’s recruitment.
After two years at St. Benedict’s in New Jersey, Duval attended Advance Preparatory International last year. API is now infamous after 2016 five-star Terrance Ferguson, who attended the school, elected to go play overseas instead of going to college. Many speculate this was because Ferguson wouldn’t have academically qualified at Arizona, where he had committed.
"A lot of people have backed off for whatever reason. Who knows? I can't read into why. If they talk to me, they'll get a straight answer," Trevor Duval said. "API got a lot of negative press, but API had four players that qualified. Everybody wants to talk about negative parts, but Trevon was in online classes and he was in one of the toughest online schools. He's a B student," he said.
Like other recruits, Duval will begin using his five official visits soon. IMS says Arizona, Oregon and Kansas could be first in line to host him, and he might not end up officially visiting Maryland because he’s unofficially visited a number of times already.
Then again, Duval’s father discussed the possibility of his son reopening his recruitment and tossing his current nine team list.
"He might open up his recruitment soon," Duval said. "I told him yesterday, you might want to open it back up."
Maryland offered Duval in April 2015, and is also after Billy Preston, another five-star who played with Duval at API. The two visited Maryland together in December.
Those expecting a splash soon after Jackson’s commitment to Michigan State will probably be disappointed, though.
Duval’s father told IMS his son might not make his college decision until the spring, like Stone did back in 2015.