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MM 5.15: Maryland offers 2021 top-150 small forward Eric van der Heijden

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Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon continues to try to add to his pool of 2021 recruits, offering three-star forward Eric van der Heijden on Thursday.

The Terps are the fifteenth school to offer the 6’9 junior, with Texas, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Georgia are each vying for his signature as well. At Millbrook High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, van der Heijden averaged 12.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.0 assists while shooting above 45 percent both from the field and beyond the arc in 2019-20.

He’s ranked as the No. 31 small forward and 141st best player in the 2021 class, as well as the fourth-best player in North Carolina, per the 24/7Sports Composite. Without factoring in other sites, 24/7 lists him as the No. 78 player and the No. 16 small forward in his class.

Having just signed foru-star 2021 forward Julian Reese on Sunday, Turgeon has been aggressive in his efforts to begin building the 2021 class. Adding Alabama grad transfer Galin Smith this week as well, it’s clear the front court is a priority for the Terps.

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