Maryland basketball offered four-star 2019 power forward Tyrese Samuel Tuesday, but there’s a catch. Samuel was originally a member of the Class of 2018, but reclassified to 2019 last year.
Despite spending his junior season at Riverdale Baptist in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, the Terps waited to offer the Montreal native. After striking out on grad transfer options in the frontcourt, Maryland may push for Samuel to return to his original class. It’s something he’s considering and will have to discuss with his parents, according to InsideMdSports.
The 6’8, 210-pounder projects as a combo forward in college. His tape suggests that he can hit the three and attack off the dribble to hit midrange pull-up jumpers. If he can figure out how to play consistent defense and be a willing rebounder, he’ll be a matchup problem at the next level.
Samuel is the No. 81 overall prospect in the Class of 2019 and the No. 13 power forward, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He’s got offers from UConn, Kansas State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, TCU, Wichita State and Wake Forest, among others.
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D.J. Moore is probably going to hear his name called at the NFL Draft tonight. It would be the first time since 2009 that a Terp went in the first round.
Maryland men’s basketball grad transfer targets Trey Porter and DeSean Murray committed to Nevada and Western Kentucky, respectively.
Sophomore Xiaolin Tian earned her first NCAA Regionals bid as an individual on the Maryland women’s golf team.
Billy Phillips started a game for the first time this season, which is pretty remarkable considering he threw his first pitch after beating leukemia in November.