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Two Maryland basketball targets have made opposite decisions regarding the Terps. Ira Lee, the No. 6 center in the 2017 class, has eliminated Maryland from his top five. He has chosen Arizona, Cal and Oregon as his top three. The Terps seemed to be a distant contender for Lee until he chose them for his top five. Cutting Maryland off does not mean that Turgeon does not have a shot, but it does mean he will spend his time working on other players.
Now, the good news.
Ikechukwu Obiagu, another four-star big man, has said some kind words about Maryland. Obiagu recently released a top six, the Terps being represented.
On Maryland, Obiagu told Rivals:
“They have a really good history with their bigs. Their coach came from Texas A&M where they developed Deandre Jordan and now they have Diamond Stone and some other bigs at Maryland, so I know they know what they are doing. I’ve been to their campus on two unofficial visits and one official and I love the campus. I met all their players, so I feel real comfortable there.”
Other Maryland recruiting news:
- DeMatha point guard D.J. Harvey committed to Notre Dame. Maryland was never a true contender, but any prospect in-state who commits elsewhere is a loss.
- Maryland offered 2018 point guard Jahvon Quinerly. Quinerly is the No. 8 point guard in his class and the No. 3 player in New Jersey and he is on the rise in rankings.
- Trevon Duval’s father spoke out on Trevon’s behalf, saying “Everyone speculates that he's going to Maryland because of Under Armour or whatever, but that's not the case," he said. "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."
- Chaundee Brown, a top-40 player, has cut Maryland from his list. He will choose between Kansas, Wake Forest and Florida.
- 2018 Maryland target Immanuel Quickly is racking in the offers as he adds Providence, UConn and Virginia to his list. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball says Maryland is in the race, but Duke holds the lead.