Maryland went on a offer spree this week, offering three new guards from both the 2015 and 2016 classes. Those offers were handed to 2016 point guard Alterique Gilbert, 2015 shooting guard Christian James and 2016 point guard Tony Carr. I break down all three recruits and what they can bring to Maryland.
Gilbert, starting point guard for powerhouse Miller Grove High School, is a floor general with superb athleticism and great decision-making skills. His quickness at just 5’11” makes him a great point guard. In his first year as the starter, Gilbert made the transition smooth. By midseason, he averaged 21 points-per-game, five assists and four rebounds. With two years of high school left, Gilbert will only continue to improve. At the next level, Gilbert can become a distributor for Maryland that can involve his teammates. He can score, but I expect him to be more of an assist man than a go-to scorer. Shaun Williams of OnTheRadarHoops has compared him to Tony Parker in the past, which makes fans happy considering Parker’s talent in the NBA. Here’s his highlight tape.
The first thing that pops out when you look at the shooting guard from the Bellaire High School is his great shooting ability. At 6’4″, James is very versatile and his ball-handling skills make him a constant threat. Josh Stirn of InsideMDSports tweeted that he is currently leaning towards Oregon, who also offered on Monday, but this is certainly someone who Maryland wants. Not only can he shoot the deep ball well, but he gets into the lane, and is strong enough that he can absorb contact while making the shot. He’s also very solid defensively, given his quickness and patience to occasionally block his defenders. James is explosive and athletic, so it’s no wonder he’s starting to pick up more offers. Here’s his highlight tape.
Carr picked up his third high-major offer when Maryland offered him on Monday, joining Penn State and Temple. Carr is teammates with two other targets with Maryland interest in Lamarr Stevens and Jair Bolden. Ari Rosenfeld of City of Basketball Love said that Carr plans to visit Maryland next month along with Penn State. Carr is a high-IQ point guard that has tremendous leadership on and off the court. Carr, a good shooter, gets his teammates involved with his great passing and tremendous vision. He seems to be able to make the right decisions consistently, which is something that every coach wants. With all of those attributes, there’s no denying why Maryland offered Carr. Carr is a guy that just makes his teammates involved and when needed, can do some scoring himself. There’s no official highlight tape for him, but here’s a little something of his passing ability.