Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Maryland recruiting continues apace
By Eamonn Brennan
Two weeks ago, Maryland fans suffered their biggest disappointment in years. The Harrison twins, the top point and shooting guards in the class of 2013, had been recruited by Mark Turgeon since they were in eighth grade, had played for an Under Armour-sponsored AAU team, and had forged tight bonds with the company, particularly with marketing executive Chris Hightower, the only person Aaron Harrison, Sr. allowed to contact his sons directly. And still, despite all that, they chose to play their (probably one-year) college careers at Kentucky. Bummer.
As I argued at the time, this was in its own way a win for Maryland. Sure, they didn't get the players, and almost only counts in horseshoes and hoary old clichés your high school football coach probably used all the time. But standing toe-to-toe with John Calipari's streamlined recruiting machine is not something many programs can do. If you can, even if the results don't go your way, you're definitely doing something right.
Put it all together, and you get a Maryland team that looks likely to improve this season before really taking shape in 2012-13. And Turgeon, armed with Under Armour's backing and a stable of well-connected assistants, is hardly done yet. Maryland may not have landed the Harrison twins, but the Terps are well on their way all the same.