A higher percentage of boys’ and girls’ high school basketball players in Maryland are recruited by Division I schools than any other state, according to the NCAA.
Approximately 5 percent of boys and 4.5 percent of girls at the Maryland high school level are recruited to play Division I hoops. No other state has higher than a 3.6 percent rate for boys or 4.1 percent for girls.
States w/ highest % of HS boys basketball players recruited by a DI school:— NCAA Research (@NCAAResearch) March 22, 2017
2. North Carolina
5. Virginia pic.twitter.com/Ewgxp00El3
States w/ highest % of HS girls basketball players recruited by a DI school:— NCAA Research (@NCAAResearch) March 22, 2017
4. North Carolina pic.twitter.com/WyqIn1MFBh
This, of course, is good news for the University of Maryland, which has the state’s only major-conference basketball program. Four of the men’s team’s 13 scholarship players this season were from in-state, and Mark Turgeon has brought in Baltimore product Darryl Morsell for next year. Washington’s Markelle Fultz is from Maryland, and he might be the No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft. Three members of the women’s team are from Maryland, although two of them—Brionna and Stephanie Jones—are from the same house.
The first part of building a college basketball team is recruiting talented players, and Maryland doesn’t have to look far for a start.
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