It’s been a good couple of days to be a Maryland fan. After getting a few football commits last week, Randy Edsall locked down another big one – Marist School (Atlanta) guard Nick Brigham. And after a disappointing season that ended with a snub from the NIT, Gary Williams lands one of the biggest local recruits in the 2012 class – Montrose Christian forward Justin Anderson.
Since it happened first, let’s start with Brigham. He hasn’t been ranked by any of the scouting agencies yet, but he’s a 6’4″, 275 pound guard, and he literally just bulldozes over the competition. The most telling note of his skill? The other teams recruiting him. While Maryland was his first offer, Georgia, Florida, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State were all targeting him. That’s the kind of company you want to be in.
The real story, of course, is Anderson. A high four/low five star prospect, he’s one of the elite players in the nation. Scout says he’s the sixth best small forward in the nation. Rivals says 11th, but they have him in the top 50 players overall in the country. ESPN has 12th for the position, and 51st in the nation. Fact is, the 6’5″, 210 pound small forward from Montrose Christian in Rockville is an incredible talent who is the kind of game-changing recruit this program desperately needs (as is Nick Faust).
Anderson had narrowed it down to North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia, but had also been hearing from Duke and Texas. Again, very good company (besides UVA, but Tony Bennett is doing a very good job over there).
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone. I’ll leave you with some Ice Cube.