Terps get good news on another top target

Already looking for good news from one top recruit, Maryland basketball got some good news on another on Friday. Paul VI (Va.) guard DeShawn Harris-Smith included the Terps in his top five, along with Penn State, Xavier, Indiana and Villanova.

Harris-Smith, the No. 52 players and No. 9 shooting guard in 247Sports’ rankings, is one of Terps coach Kevin Willard’s top recruiting targets, along with Bishop Ireton (Va.) shooting guard Jamie Kaiser, who will announce his decision on Sunday. The 6-4 rising senior also had offers from West Virginia, Iowa, LSU and others.

A physical guard with exceptional rebounding ability, he averaged 12.3 points, eight rebounds, three assists and 1.1 steals per game on the Nike EYBL circuit, earning first-team honors and helping Team Takeover to the Peach Jam Finals. Maryland is pitching him on coming in and running the point immediately; expected starting point guard Jahmir Young will be gone after this season and there are no established point guards on the roster behind him.

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“It brings the option for me to stay at home and play in front of family and friends if I was to choose Maryland. They want me to play point guard too, which is one of the most important things for me if I want to get to the highest level. The freshman class that they’re recruiting are all DMV guys, so all guys that I know or have played with before, which means we’d have good chemistry coming in,” Harris-Smith told InsideMDSports this week.

Harris-Smith also visited Penn State and took a recent trip to Indiana. Both of those programs have had success recruiting players from DC-based Nike AAU program Team Takeover, and Villanova shares strong ties with the program. Maryland, meanwhile, hasn’t signed many of its players. But

“I know there are a lot of people out there that just think I’m going to go to Villanova. It’s a great school, but I’m going to make my own decision. I’m not just any other guy from Takeover or PVI. It’s a school with a history of winning and has a great culture, but I’m going to make my own decision and do what’s best for me,” he told InsideMDSports’ Colby Giacubeno.

Harris-Smith hasn’t determined when he’ll make his commitment, but it seems likely to come during the late summer or early fall.

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