Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon only wrapped up his recruiting for the class of 2016 last month, but it’s never too soon to take a look at what lies ahead.
Maryland is a program in somewhat of a “re-boot” phase. They lost four of their starting five from last season. The outlook for 2016/17 is up in the air, but one thing is for sure: talent will continue to make its way to College Park.
Most recently, five-star players such as Melo Trimble and Diamond Stone chose the Terps. The class of 2016 brought no five stars, but still some talent in four stars Anthony Cowan Jr., Kevin Huerter, Justin Jackson and more.
Looking ahead to the class of 2017, there is another (perhaps undervalued) four-star on Turgeon’s radar. Local talent D.J. Harvey Jr. could very well be one of the future stars of Maryland basketball.
Harvey Jr. is a 6’7″ small forward out of DeMatha Catholic High School. For a player on the national radar, to be a stone’s throw down Route One makes Harvey Jr. an intriguing prospect for Maryland.
Rated as the number 42 player in the nation by Rivals.com, Harvey Jr. is not only one of the best players from the DMV, but one of the best players in the country. Turgeon has looked to fill the shoes of his former small forward Jake Layman by bringing in Justin Jackson and Micah Thomas, but Harvey Jr. is still a prospect that would definitely interest Maryland.
The native of Bowie, Maryland, has a solid frame for a forward, weighing in at around 180 pounds. He’s a solid shooter, but very good overall on offense, displaying the ability to score in large quantities. Furthermore, he’s a strong defender as well as rebounder, quite simply making him a well-rounded player.
DeMatha: Marvin Price 15 points— G.O.A.T (@GoatEnterprises) July 4, 2016
Dj Harvey 20 points 12 rebounds
Ryan Allen 16 points.
Josh Carlton 8 points 8 rebounds ?
Above all, Harvey Jr. is clearly a gifted athlete, as you can see from his highlights.
It’s easy to look ahead and say that the Terps should target the best talent in the nation, but Harvey Jr. is someone fans should look out for. The local ties could absolutely be a factor, and they have to be, as Harvey Jr. has fielded offers from Duke, Louisville, Villanova and more to go along with his offer from Maryland.
There is no word on when Harvey Jr. will decide, and his long list of choices indicates that it won’t be soon. In the meantime, prepare for an unpredictable season for the Terrapins. But, keep D.J. Harvey’s name in the back of your head, because it may come back around soon enough.