It’s been no secret that Maryland was after a point guard in the 2015 class to pair with incoming freshman Melo Trimble.
Unfortunately for the Terrapins, it won’t be Paul VI guard Kevin Dorsey that comes to College Park to fill the role. On Saturday, Dorsey committed to coach Richard Pitino and Minnesota over Maryland and Nebraska in a battle of three Big Ten schools. Evan Daniels of Scout was the first to report the news.
Kevin Dorsey, a top 100 point guard, just verbally committed to Minnesota, per a source.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) July 12, 2014
Dorsey was ranked 95th in 247Sports’ Composite rankings and a four-star recruit. The Waldorf native was considered by many to be a Terp lean. Dorsey plays a very up-tempo style of play and should be a great fit in Minnesota.
As far as Maryland is concerned, this is considered a big loss on the recruiting trail. Where exactly do the Terps go from here?
St. James School point guard Justin Robinson is another floor general that Turgeon has had his eye on for quite some time. However, Robinson and Virginia Beach shooting guard Chris Clarke have stated in the past that they could be a package deal. That is an issue because the Terps have backed off in their pursuit of Clarke.
The clear-cut option now appears to be Life Center Academy (NJ) point guard Malik Ellison. The unrated son of former NBA top pick Pervis Ellison has been linked to Maryland for quite some time. At this week’s Reebok Breakout Classic, Ellison told Matt Vender of Owls247 that Maryland is his “favorite” school right now.
This doesn’t come as a big surprise because Ellison’s sister is committed to play basketball for the Terps. Maryland freshman Trayvon Reed played his final year of high school ball at Life Center, so there is that connection as well. Maryland has been pursuing Ellison for months, so it would appear that he is the top option right now. The South Jersey native also holds offers from La Salle, Penn State, St. Joseph’s, and Temple. Temple is arguably Maryland’s biggest competition currently.