The Maryland basketball program already has four-star guard Aaron Wiggins in the fold in the 2018 class.
With the Terrapins still wanting to add a point guard, coach Mark Turgeon extended an offer to Salesian (Calif.) guard James Akinjo on Tuesday.
According to 247Sports’ Composite rankings, Akinjo is rated as the No. 270 player in the 2018 class and the 44th-best point guard. In addition, the three-star guard is also tabbed as the No. 26 player in California.
Akinjo is fresh off of leading his AAU team, Oakland Soldiers, to a Peach Jam title this past Sunday. Ironically, his team defeated Team Takeover which features 2018 Maryland commit Jalen Smith.
At Peach Jam, Akinjo averaged 18.8 points, 6.8 assists, and 4.3 rebounds to help lead his group to a 70-63 victory. In the win, he scored seven points, dished out nine assists, and grabbed four rebounds on his way to Most Valuable Player honors for the tournament.
In addition to Maryland, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, and UNLV all offered Akinjo on Tuesday. Prior to that, the California native already had offers from the likes of California, Colorado, Connecticut, and Texas A&M.
It’s clear that Maryland is focused on adding a floor general in the 2018 class. The Terps are looking at John Carroll School (Md.) five-star prospect Immanuel Quickley, but it appears that he’ll be heading to Kentucky.
Turgeon and his staff is also recruiting Wiggins’ AAU teammate Devon Dotson and McDonogh School (Md.) standout Noah Locke. However, neither is expected to decide anytime soon.
Both Dotson and Locke are four-star prospects and consensus top 100 recruits.
Maryland is definitely keeping their options open with the offering of Akinjo. Despite being an under-the-radar recruit, Akinjo could certainly be a solid addition if he ends up in College Park.