Maryland women’s basketball opens its season against UMass Lowell on Nov. 13. Until then, we’re profiling everyone on the Terps’ roster.
Kaila Charles, freshman, wing, 6’1, No. 3
Hometown: Glenn Dale, MD
High School: Riverdale Baptist
Recruiting Ratings: No. 22 player overall, No. 3 wing, No. 1 player in Maryland
Collegiate Stats: N/A
How did she get to College Park?
Charles averaged over 22 points and nine rebounds per game with 13 double-doubles during her senior season. The Maryland native ended up staying at home because not only did her playing style fit the Terps’ system, but she developed a strong connection with Coach Brenda Frese. That one-on-one touch sealed the deal for the 2016 Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year to turn down offers from Tennessee and South Carolina to come play in College Park this season.
Expect Charles to get a lot of game time from the start. She has excellent vision, can shoot from anywhere on the court, and can drive into the lane. Coach Frese will utilize those traits extensively during the season. However, with such a strong freshman class coming in, don’t be surprised if Charles ends up sharing more time on the court, but she has a bright future in College Park.
What a dream season might look like
Charles picks up where she left off in high school, and splits time on the court with Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and fellow freshman Destiny Slocum throughout the season, averaging a 10-4-4 and helping the Terps to a Final Four and potential national championship run.
Another five-star freshman, and the tallest player on the Terps.
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