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ESPN National Recruiting Director: Terps' Mark Turgeon 'Recruiting The Right Talent'

November 14, 2017
Maryland men's basketball head coach Mark Turgeon's recruiting efforts have earned praise from ESPN national recruiting director Paul Biancardi.

"Turgeon is recruiting the right talent," Biancardi told Glenn Clark Radio Nov. 7. "Guys who want to compete and understand they have to get better if they want to make it to the next level, not guys that are coming in and thinking they are leaving after one year. You have to know the mindset of the players that you are recruiting … they want to be coached, they are competitive by nature."

Turgeon, in his seventh season at Maryland, has forward Bruno Fernando and guard Darryl Morsell, both four-star recruits, among his 2017 class. 

"Fernando [is a] great rebounder, plays with tremendous energy," Biancardi said. "He is relentless in the paint, on the glass [and] at the rim.

"[Morsell] can shoot the corner three. I think he's a terrific defender and … I'm impressed because he attacks but yet he's under control. He's not an out-of-control-type freshman for the most part. I think he gives them points [and] energy, and I also think he can be a very good perimeter defender. I think Morsell can play with the ball in his hands, but I think by nature he's probably a guy who more so thinks about scoring than anything else."

Complimentary of Turgeon's 2018 class as well, the former Wright State head coach said the future is bright for Maryland.

"Next year's class I believe is maybe the best class Turgeon and his staff have put together," Biancardi said. " … That three-man class … that Maryland is bringing in with [Aaron] Wiggins, [Eric] Ayala and [Jalen] Smith, I'd be ecstatic if I were Mark Turgeon. There are a lot of wins in that class."

Five-star center Moses Brown is said to be considering Maryland and UCLA among others. Biancardi sees a rim protector and finisher in Brown and said he is worth waiting for.

"Just because you don't get him early doesn't mean you won't get him late, and recruiting has a lot of doors that open and close throughout the year," he said. "If you close the door on yourself and you give them an ultimatum, then you lose him. You just keep the door open and keep fighting the fight." 

Kentucky and Florida State are said to be in the mix for Brown as well. Biancardi acknowledged it's tough to compete with Kentucky, a powerhouse known for sending players to the NBA. 

The Wildcats have had 17 players selected in the first round of the NBA draft in the past six years.

"Word has spread that [Brown is] still looking," Biancardi said. "When that happens, guys aren't happy with what they have, so they continue to look for more and that opens the door.

"Obviously, he has a chance to go to Maryland right now or UCLA, and if he's not pulling the trigger. That tells me as a former coach he's looking for something else. But you don't know if he's going to get that something else, so I think you keep that line of communication open [and you] hold that scholarship."

For more from Biancardi, listen to the full interview here:


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