Maryland men's basketball has had two members in its 2019 recruiting class since August 2017. The Terps picked up a third on Wednesday, as three-star forward Donta Scott announced his commitment, per multiple reports.
Scott made his announcement during an assembly at his high school, choosing Maryland over South Carolina, LaSalle, Temple and Seton Hall. With the Philadelphia native on board, the Terps once again have a top-25 class, clocking in at No. 17.
His commitment comes during a cycle clearly focused on the frontcourt. Scott is ranked the No. 36 small forward and No. 141 in the class. The 6’7, 220-pound forward now joins twin centers Makhi and Makhel Mitchell in the Terps’ Class of 2019, leaving just one current scholarship available, although more could open up via the draft or other player movement. Maryland also recently received its first commitment for 2020, when Anthony Cowan Jr. will be gone, as four-star point guard Marcus Dockery made his pledge last week.
Maryland was able to secure Scott’s first official visit, in early September, and the experience must have stuck with him. The forward comes to College Park by way of Imhotep Institute in Pennsylvania, the same school that produced DJ Moore on the gridiron. Scott has been a major part of helping Imhotep become the 2-time reigning 4A champions in the state, and was the Player of the Year his junior season.
Like the Mitchell twins, who suit up for DC Premier, Scott also plays AAU ball in the Under Armour Association. Primarily playing small forward, Scott showcased his athleticism and scoring for the Philly Pride.
Head coach Mark Turgeon will likely look to use any open scholarships shoring up the frontcourt, with Bruno Fernando expected to go pro after this season and the possibility of losing five-star freshman Jalen Smith to the draft as well. The current freshman class is almost entirely focused on the wing, other than Smith and potentially Ricky Lindo.