Maryland announced today that 6”7 Small Forward Trace Ramsey will be joining the Terps in the fall. Ramsey’s recruitment to Maryland moved very quickly. He came onto Mark Turgeon’s radar at the beginning of the month, visited College Park last week, and announced his commitment this morning.
After a year at prep-school, Ramsey entertained a handful of mid-major offers, but when Maryland approached him, he shifted his attention to the high-major level. Ramsey figures to get little playing time in 2018-2019, even if star wing Kevin Huerter chooses to leave for the NBA. Assuming the Terps stay healthy, Ramsey might spend another year away from game action and Redshirt his freshman year just like Spanish forward Joshua Tomaic.
With Ramsey joining Serrel Smith, Eric Ayala, Aaron Wiggins, Schnider Herard, and Jalen Smith, Maryland has just one open scholarship; that is of course, unless Bruno Fernando or Kevin Huerter leaves for the Pros. Turgeon has been very active on the graduate transfer hunt, particularly in pursuit of Pittsburgh sharpshooter Parker Stewart, who will sit out 2018-2019 in accordance with NCAA rules.
Turgeon also had been linked with forwards Trey Porter of Old Dominion University and Desean Murray of Auburn, but the pair elected to take their talents elsewhere. Maryland is likely to be thin in the frontcourt with Justin Jackson gone to the pros, and Bruno Fernando a strong candidate to be chosen in the first round of the NBA draft. Porter, a DMV native, took an unofficial visit to college park, but ultimately chose to transfer to Nevada. Murray chose to join Western Kentucky.
There is plenty of time for Mark Turgeon to address the Center position, but graduate transfers are falling off the board quickly, and so are high school commitments. More to come soon… (hopefully).