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4-star SG Brandon Slater is taking an unofficial visit to Maryland basketball

The Class of 2018 prospect is the top-rated recruit in Virginia.

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The recruiting cycle for the Class of 2017 is coming to a close, as recruits have to sign their official Letters of Intent by May 17. That means it’s almost time for Maryland basketball’s staff to start focusing on its 2018 prospects.

Fittingly, local 2018 four-star guard Brandon Slater is taking an unofficial visit to Maryland Thursday, according to Rivals’ Corey Evans.

Slater’s a 6’6 guard from Paul VI, in Fairfax, Virginia, of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference — which is widely regarded as one of the best conferences in high school basketball. Slater led Paul VI to a 29-8 record behind a team-high 15.6 points a game, and is the top-ranked 2018 prospect in Virginia. He’s a top-50 prospect for his class, and the 247Sports Composite has him as the No. 6 shooting guard in the class and the No. 1 player in his home state.

Slater has been busy recently, as the April recruiting period officially starts Thursday. Just this week, he took an unofficial visit to Villanova on Monday, and Miami coach Jim Larranaga visited him on Wednesday. Him taking this visit means Maryland will be the last team to see him before the evaluation period of the cycle opens Friday.

Maryland assistant coach Dustin Clark is leading the Terps’ recruiting effort, and Slater also holds offers from Louisville, Miami, and a couple more ACC schools. Though he’s taken his last two unofficial visits to Villanova, he does not currently have a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.

Slater is one of Maryland’s top targets in the 2018 class, and 247Sports currently has the Terps ahead of his other suitors in the quest for his services. However, it's very early in the 2018 cycle, so much is subject to change, including his ranking, before Slater picks a home for 2018 and beyond.