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Maryland Recruiting: What Have Turgeon & the Terps Been Up To Lately?

With summer in full bloom, competition for the services of high caliber Class of 2015 and 2016 recruits is about to ramp up.

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Class of 2015

On June 24, Malik Beasley (No. 12 SG, No. 49 National) received a scholarship offer from Mark Turgeon and the Terps. The 6'4" shooting guard out of Georgia is expected to take in the views at College Park sometime in July. Beasley is one of the hottest commodities in the East, and the scholarship offers are flowing like a waterfall right now. He currently holds offers from Georgia (The in-state favorite), Cincinnati, Auburn, Clemson, Virginia Commonwealth, Florida State and 23 other schools.

Kipper Nichols (No. 33 SF, No. 166 National) received a scholarship offer on June 25, right before he set off to participate in the Penn State Advanced Skills Camp. The 6'6" Ohio product is high on Xavier and has picked up offers from PSU, Dayton, Kent State and Minnesota in the last few weeks.

Power forward Ed Morrow (No. 26 PF, No. 121 National) of Chicago basketball powerhouse Simeon Career Academy (Home to Derrick Rose, Jabari Parker, Kendrick Nunn and Nick Anderson) has caught the eye of Turgeon and the Terps. The 6'7" forward played center for the majority of his junior season at Simeon, notably going blow-for-blow with Class of 2014 big man behemoth and future Duke superstar Jahil Okafor, and more than holding his own. He's a freak of an athlete and has drawn attention from several other Big Ten programs - Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin. Morrow is expecte to pick up a scholarship offer from the Terps in July.

Greek big man Georgios Papagiannis (No. 6 C, No. 30 National) - a prospect Maryland began targeting aggressively over the past few months - has decided to sign with Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos for the coming season. However, Papagiannis will retain his collegiate eligibility, and may still come back for a year or two of college ball stateside after he finishes the year out in Greece.

Mercurial Class of 2015 Alabama product Danjel Purifoy (No. 12 SF, No. 52 National) has Maryland listed among his top choices. He's an intriguing prospect with a ton a of upside, but his head just doesn't seem to be in the right place. He's had several issues with his coach Russ Wallace at Bibb County, and isn't exactly what one would deem a "high character" guy. Despite those issues, Purifoy has undeniable skills, and one can only hope he realizes what he has before it's too late.

Jalen Adams, a Maryland target who had a scholarship offer on the table from Maryland, has verbally committed to UConn. It's not exactly a big blow, as Adams was never a high priority of Turgeon, but it does take another possible backcourt prospect off the market.

Class of 2016

Kodye Pugh (Unranked) reportedly picked up an offer from Turgeon this past week. Pugh is an unranked small forward out of Baltimore, Md., and only has offers from Northwestern and Maryland at this point, although he did just take a visit to Georgtown to meet with JTIII this past month.

Joe Hampton (Unranked) spent this past weekend at the Penn State Advanced Skills Camp, where he was reportedly in fine form. Despite spending some time at Happy Valley, Hampton is supposedly still leaning towards Maryland. He doesn't hold a scholarship offer from Maryland yet, but the Maryland product is expected to receive one in the next month or two.

Kodye Pugh

Kodye Pugh

Kodye Pugh
Kodye Pugh