Hats off to Coach Mark Turgeon and Asst Dustin Clark for landing perhaps the best big man left in the 2014 class.
Weeki Wachee (Fla.) offensive tackle Marcus Applefield admitted the recruiting process has been a bit of a drain. First, there was the whole ordeal of taking visits, which he did throughout the summer and fall. Then he had to narrow down his extensive offer list — it included about 20 scholarships — to a top five. After that, he had to set up his official visits to the likes ofVirginia, Maryland, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Rutgers, while continuing to listen to recruiting pitches, take reporters’ phone calls and play out his senior season. But in less than 10 days all of it will finally end as Applefield, who is set to enroll in college early, will announce his destination at 1 p.m. on Dec. 13.
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No. 6 Adam DiMillo, A/M, Bishop Timon-St. Jude (N.Y.)
No. 16 Conor Kelly, M, Avon Old Farms (Conn.)
No. 30 Christian Zawadzki, M, Smithtown West (N.Y.)
No. 38 Colin MacIlvennie, M, Eastside Catholic (Wash.)
No. 49Keegan O’Connor, M, Boys’ Latin (Md.)
Matt Neufeldt, LSM, Culver Military (Ind.)
Caleb Brodie, M, Hingham (Mass.)
Colin Giblin, A, Salisbury (Conn.) postgrad
Pat Grega, D, Somerville (N.J.)
Will Bonaparte, M, Ridgefield (Conn.)
Jensen Makarov, G, Wheat Ridge (Colo.)
Bryce Young, D, St. Augustine (N.J.)
Nick Brozowski, LSM, Concord-Carlisle (Mass.)
Dion Wiley will sign tomorrow at 1 pm.
Jared Nickens will sign tomorrow at 2:30 pm.
Trayvon Reed will sign tomorrow. Time TBD.
Melo Trimble will sign on Friday at 7 pm.
Currently ranked No. 97 in the 2014 Rivals150, Reed is a native of Mississippi who had a stop in Georgia before ending up at Burlington (N.J.) Life Center for his senior season. He is a legitimate seven footer who can run and is a kid who popped up on the high major radar early in his career.
|Reed committed to Maryland in August.|
It’s rather obvious, but the fact that Reed is a legitimate seven-footer is a huge plus. He’s not just tall, either. Reed is pretty coordinated, runs well, is agile in the lane he is armed with long arms and good overall athleticism.
When he’s fully involved in the game, Reed can beat other post players from rim to rim and his shot blocking allows for him to clean up a lot of mistakes. He doesn’t get frustrated when guards overlook him and he never seems to get too high or too low during the course of a game.
Areas to work on
Reed is plenty tall, but he’s equally thin. In fact, he’s so thin that there has to be some worry about exactly how much weight he can be expected to add during his first few years of college. Because of that lack of strength, he can get pushed around the lane and isn’t always able to impact the game on either end of the floor like you would hope that a seven-footer would.
The other area that needs addressing is the consistency of his effort and playing the game with more passion. At times he will make a block, hit a jump hook, a turnaround jumper or rise above the crowd for a finish that make observers shake their heads and think what if. But, then he can just as easily disappear for long stretches.
What to expect
Right now, Reed has to be considered the X-factor of the Terps recruiting class. The fact is that he was much more highly ranked early in his career because of his size and fluidity and the hope that the rest of his game would come around. So far, it has been a little slow to come around.
In a perfect world, Reed would be an ideal candidate for a redshirt so that he can add weight and adjust to the rigors of the college game. But, that isn’t very popular with kids as highly recruited as Reed and it’s just tough to sit that much size. Bottom line, much of his future is going to depend upon how much strength he can add or what he can do from a skill development standpoint to compensate for the lack of strength. There is no question that he has immense potential, it is just a matter of fully tapping into it. – See more at: http://maryland.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1569488#sthash.okMi32xM.dpuf
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Four-star center Trayvon Reed didn’t even need all 48 hours of his official campus visit to College Park this week to come to his college decision — nor did he meet a single Terps basketball player on the trip.
He was just that sold on Maryland and the staff, and how they can further develop him as a post player and a student, so he ended his recruiting Aug. 22, just some 24 hours after being on campus, with his pledge.
Reed, who arrived Aug. 21 and was en route to the airport at lunchtime when Terrapin Times caught up with him, boosted Maryland’s top-3 national class even higher, adding the coveted “rim protector” they sought as perhaps the final piece to the heralded 2014 class.
“Just talking to the coaches, they talked of a bunch of great stuff of how they can help me out academically and on the court. So that I just felt it was a great fit for me, so I went ahead and made my decision,” said Reed, who committed late morning before heading home to Georgia.
“It’s over with, it’s over with now,” he said of the recruiting process, which included only the one official visit. “It was just being my [high] school, this year’s a long year ahead of me, so I made my decision early based off that. I was going to do it later but decided to do it early.”
It took an extra six days after he first attempted to pledge, but the Snellville (Ga.) Shiloh four-star center Reed is finally a Terp. The 7-foot-1, 210-pound big man, who starts his senior year Aug. 26, toured campus, loved the facilities at Comcast Center and took in a football practice.
But most of all he appreciated the personal touch he got from the staff, led by recruiter Bino Ranson, who has been on him for a year-and-a-half, right down to the UMD training staff. He was accompanied on the visit by his stepfather. Both sides wanted him to visit campus first before making a pledge.
“You know, what impressed me was the staff, and like the strength coach, who told me a lot about how my height, how body operates,” Reed said. “And he was telling me about my feet, my growth plates, how I can get bigger. And that’s the main thing for me, to get bigger and stronger in the situation I am in.
“And Coach Bino, he has been on me a while now, and he has been telling me how they can make me a better player and mostly focused on my academics and stuff like that. I have a great relationship with him. And Coach [Mark] Turgeon is a great coach, and he is going to push you to what you are trying to do.”