Mark Turgeon made it clear over the years that he covets the guard position.
On Monday, Maryland extended a scholarship offer to 2019 guard Josh Nickelberry, according to Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater of 247Sports.
The four-star Oak Hill Academy (Va.) guard is one of the few in the 2019 class that the Terrapins have targeted. Maryland also has offers out to Iona Preparatory School (NY) guard Bryce Willis and Ranney School (NJ) guard Scottie Lewis.
According to 247Sports’ Composite rankings, Nickelberry is tabbed as the No. 57 player in the country. In addition, he’s also rated as the fifth-best player in Virginia and the No. 10 shooting guard in the 2019 class.
All four of the Crystal Ball predictions favor North Carolina for Nickelberry’s services.
Nickelberry began his high school career at Trinity Christian School (NC) before transferring to the highly-respected Oak Hill this summer. The Fayetteville native averaged 18.3 points and led Trinity to a state championship before electing to take his talents elsewhere.
The Terps certainly aren’t the first school to get into the act when it comes to recruiting Nickelberry. The talented four-star guard currently has 26 offers, including from the likes of Auburn, Connecticut, Florida, Florida State, Memphis, NC State, and USC among others.
Nickelberry is certainly one of the most highly-touted guards in the 2019 class. Maryland has made the backcourt a priority over the past few years as they added Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter in 2016 and Darryl Morsell in 2017.
Cowan, Huerter, and Morsell will look to help Maryland to put the loss of Melo Trimble behind them. Trimble elected to enter the NBA Draft after three extremely productive seasons in College Park.
Turgeon also added four-star guard Aaron Wiggins to the 2018 class as Wiggins committed to Maryland back on June 3.