Maryland men’s basketball signees Aaron Wiggins and Jalen Smith faced off in the National Hoops Festival on Sunday and were named co-MVPS in one of the highlights of the showcase.
Head coach Mark Turgeon and his assistants were in attendance as Wiggins and his Wesleyan Christian team from North Carolina topped Smith’s local Mount St. Joe’s squad, 74-68. Anthony Cowan and Bruno Fernando came to the game, too, along with Smith’s former teammate Darryl Morsell, according to InsideMDSports’ Josh Stirn.
Not pictured (but in attendance): Anthony Cowan and Darryl Morsell pic.twitter.com/pazmhokMDb— Josh Stirn (@Josh_Stirn) December 10, 2017
The future teammates, and two-thirds of the Terps’ current 2018 class, were named co-MVPs of the game and had phenomenal performances. Wiggins scored 28 points on 10-of-20 shooting, hitting 6-of-9 behind the arc, with five rebounds to go along with two assists and a steal. Smith turned in a double-double with 25 points and 15 rebounds, going 7-of-16 while hitting 1-of-2 threes and all 10 of his free throws. He also added four blocks, albeit in a losing effort.
The win for Wesleyan came just a day after Wiggins put up 25 points in a losing effort against one-time Terp target and Villanova commit Brandon Slater and Paul VI.
The festival is an annual gathering of some of high school basketball’s top talent. Another former Maryland target, Silvio De Souza, also played in the event. However, the performance of the festival came from 2018 Duke commit Cam Reddish. The No. 3 player in the class put up 53 points on Sunday, after scoring 34 on Saturday.
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