Potomac guard Dion Wiley is one of several local recruits to come to College Park in recent years and that trend could be even larger in the near future. (Mandatory Credit: Bill Ryan/The Gazette)

Omidvar's local connections could really help Maryland


When assistant coach Scott Spinelli left Maryland to take a similar job at Boston College, talk was flowing that the Terrapins would now be limited in the New England area of the country in terms of recruiting.

However, with the hiring of NC State video coordinator Nima Omidvar, local recruiting may have gotten even stronger.

The Maryland alum will be the new director of basketball operations for the program, replacing Dustin Clark who slid into an assistant coach role after Dalonte Hill left the team in October.

Omidvar brings an abundance of local ties and should pay huge dividends for the Terps. He spent time as a assistant coach with St. John’s College High School and Paul VI before heading down to Raleigh. In between his school stints and N.C. State, the latest addition to the Terps coaching staff helped form Team Takeover and even coached such high-profile high school players as Victor Oladipo (Indiana), Talib Zanna (Pittsburgh), and Jerian Grant (Notre Dame). Omidvar also founded some of most notable AAU events around in the D.C. Metro Showcase and the Peach State Summer Showcase.

While being a local high school assistant coach and a Maryland graduate are huge selling points as to why Omidvar should excel, the Team Takeover angle is the biggest factor that could help the Terps.

Team Takeover is one of the most prolific AAU programs on the East Coast and has produced alumni like Jerami Grant (Syracuse), Erick Green (Virginia Tech), and James Robinson (Pittsburgh). Future Terp Dion Wiley also played for Team Takeover.

Omidvar’s familiarity with the program will likely be an easy recruiting pitch to local kids. Players know of the Maryland graduate’s connections to the program and would give them a sense of comfort if they were to attend school in College Park.

One example is Gonzaga’s Bryant Crawford, who hasn’t been heavily linked to the Terps until recently. Maryland is reportedly showing strong interest in the Team Takeover guard. Crawford’s recruitment is still up in the air, but he does have a visit planned for Louisville in June. It could be a battle of recruiters with Maryland connections in former Indiana assistant coach Kenny Johnson and Omidvar.

Omidvar has a strong connection in the local AAU circuit and certainly has the potential to be a big-time move for the Terps. It also doesn’t hurt that former Jacksonville coach Cliff Warren can move into a comfortable coaching role after nine years as a head coach. Despite some turnover on coach Mark Turgeon’s staff over the last year, this new group has the experience on the bench and on the recruiting trail.

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