Wednesday marked the open of the early signing period for all Division I non-football sports, and Maryland basketball — both the men’s and women’s teams — turned commitments into an official acquisitions.
Mark Turgeon’s 2020 class consists of just one recruit at the moment, and that is Marcus Dockery from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The three-star prospect is the 18th-best combo guard in the class and No. 155 player overall, per the 247Sports Composite.
At 6’1, 175 lbs, Dockery’s build closely resembles that of senior point guard Anthony Cowan Jr. (6’0, 180). Their play styles aren’t dissimilar either, as both can attack the rim and make opponents pay from beyond the arc.
Brenda Frese’s team has just one commit in the 2020 class as well, though she’s slightly more high-profile. On Wednesday, the Terps signed Angel Reese, the No. 2 overall player in the country according to espnW. She’s the highest-rated recruit in program history.
The 6’3 wing from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore gives next year’s team a dynamic scorer that could help fill the shoes of Kaila Charles, who will be graduating after the season. Reese was named the 2019 USA Today Maryland Player of the Year after averaging 22.6 points and 19.2 rebounds per game as a junior.
Other Maryland programs
Men’s lacrosse signed 10 players Wednesday, including three of the top 25 players in the 2020 class, according to Inside Lacrosse rankings — No. 4 Eric Malever (Atlanta), No. 18 Jack Koras (Lutherville, Maryland) and No. 24 Jack Schirtzer (Mount Sinai, New York).
Here are the other seven players the Terps signed: Jackson Marshall (Lutherville, Maryland); Gabe Goforth (Chester Springs, Pennsylvania); Grant Hansen (Princeton, New Jersey); Alec Wicks (Pasadena, Maryland); Nick Redd (Wilmington, Delaware); Michael O’Connell (Mineola, New York), Ajax Zappitello (Portland)
Volleyball (3 recruits): Sydney Dowler (Cary, North Carolina); Sam Csire (Strongsville, Ohio); Laila Ricks (Redono Beach, California)
Gymnastics (4): Taylor Osterhout (Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania); Olivia Weir (Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania); Alexa Rothenbuescher (Fairfax, Virginia); Lizzy DeBarberie (West Chester, Pennsylvania)
Wrestling (4): Jackson Cockrell (Broken Arrow, Oklahoma); Garrett Kappes (Bowie, Maryland); Nathan Porter (Severn, Maryland); Jack Prendergast (Woodstown, New Jersey)
Softball (6): Michaela Jones (New Palestine, Indianapolis); Merissa Borkowski (Corona, California); Abby Buettner (Denton, Texas); Jaeda McFarland (Orange Park, Florida); Megan Mikami (Irvine, California); Meadow Sacudura (Arlington, Virginia)
Women’s golf (1): Patricie Mackova (Prague, Czech Republic)
In other news
Former USC volleyball player and current mental health advocate Victoria Garrick spoke to a variety of Maryland athletes to focus on student-athlete mental health.
Maryland women’s basketball erased a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat James Madison on the road, 70-68.
The Testudo Times Podcast met to dissect the first two games of the Maryland men’s and women’s basketball seasons.
College Park is hosting the 2019 Big Ten men’s soccer tournament this weekend, and all Maryland students can attend the festivities for free.
Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kevin Huerter hurt his shoulder on Tuesday night against the Denver Nuggets, and he could be out for a decent chunk of time.
(2/2) Earlier today in Denver, he underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Huerter will return to Atlanta, where team physicians will assess the results of the MRI. He is listed as out for tomorrow's game at Phoenix, and his status will be updated as appropriate. pic.twitter.com/mnWNfYLrrM— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) November 13, 2019
The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, and small forward Jake Layman was a big part of the victory.
Detroit Lions running back Ty Johnson still isn’t practicing for Detroit after he suffered a concussion against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.
Matt Patricia says Rick Wagner, Ty Johnson are in concussion protocol.— Pride of Detroit (@PrideOfDetroit) November 13, 2019
Da'Shawn Hand, Romeo Okwara and Tracy Walker won't practice today, either.
Yesterday was Wednesday, and everyone knows what that means. That’s right, another edition of “Coffee with Adam Hughes.”