Mark Turgeon and staff are attempting to make a late addition for Maryland basketball’s 2017 recruiting class. Four-star small forward Jamarko Pickett will begin an official visit to College Park on Friday, according to Scout.
Pickett, the No. 4 rated recruit from Virginia in his class, was originally committed to Ole Miss. However, last week he was released from his Letter of Intent by the school, reopening his recruitment.
Pickett is looking to play closer to home, only considering the Terrapins and the neighboring Georgetown Hoyas. He took a visit to Georgetown on Thursday, so it looks like he will move quickly through his re-recruitment.
He’s a top-20 small forward in his class and No. 76 overall in the Class of 2017, per 247Sports. Pickett averaged 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks a game for Massanutten Military Academy last season, and the 6’9 forward’s game has even drawn lofty Kevin Durant comparisons.
Maryland still has two scholarships open at the moment, so adding Pickett would give the team some depth at the forward position. It would also leave two more scholarships available in a 2018 class that is currently ranked seventh in the country, with two top-50 commits in Aaron Wiggins and Jalen Smith.
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