The Maryland Terrapins are hard at the recruiting trail even with the season about to begin. Head coach Mark Teurgon received great news Wednesday when it was announced local product and highly touted 2017 guard Darryl Morsell would be staying home to play for the Terps next season.
The announcement was made during a live press conference and streamed on Periscope.
A Baltimore native, Morsell chose between Notre Dame, Dayton and the Terps. He also had offers from major programs such as UConn, Cincinnati, Davidson and the defending champions, Villanova. Morsell will be the first Baltimore native signed by coach Turgeon since he took the Maryland coaching job in 2011.
The 6-foot-4 combo guard is currently a senior at Mount Saint Joseph where he was a first-team All-Metro selection last season. Playing a large role in the Gaels offense, Morsell averaged 10.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game last season.
Morsell showed an ability to play inside and take mid-range jumpers last season. He is an exceptional passer and works the floor well in transition. He does not have selfish tendencies and can dish the ball back out to the perimeter. Do not fear that Morsell’s versatility may have hurt his development. He is a very physical guard and will be to work on driving at the next level. Where he sits right now, he will not take many guys to the hole in isolation. What he can do is find the open man and generate a great deal of ball movement. He has the makings of an elite perimeter defender.
Coming in at third on 247Sports rankings of players in the state of Maryland is Morsell. He is the Terps second player committed to play at Maryland next season, joining fellow four star Bruno Fernando.
Some may begin to wonder how this recruiting domino effects the others that have yet to fall. The Terps are involved with a number of other guards, including five-star point guard Trevon Duval, who is considered the No. 1 ranked point guard and the No. 5 overall player in the country by 247Sports. While the chances of Duval committing to the Terps seemed very real, there is no telling where he will go now that Morsell has committed to Maryland. He will be entertaining offers from all the nations top programs including Duke, Arizona, Kansas, Indiana and Louisville.