Having already landed three forwards in the Class of 2015, the Dayton Flyers added a fourth commitment Monday morning in the form of a three-star point guard from Baltimore, Maryland.
6-foot-2 John Crosby, who’s attending New Hampton Prep this season, verbally committed to Archie Miller’s program following a visit to the school according to multiple outlets. Crosby, who attended Polytechnic HS in Baltimore last year, made the decision to reclassify to 2015 during the spring. He did have some options in 2014, visiting Maryland in August with there being the possibility of his joining Mark Turgeon’s program, but Crosby ultimately decided to stick with his decision to reclassify.
Crosby joins forwards Sam Miller, Ryan Mikesell and Xeyrius Williams in Dayton’s 2015 recruiting haul to date.
Crosby’s commitment gives Dayton additional depth on the perimeter, and as evidenced by their run to the Elite Eight last season the Flyers have no problem giving multiple players the opportunity to earn minutes. Dayton returns sophomores Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith (who’s expected to lead the way from the point) and Kyle Davis, and they also added freshman Darrell Davis to the program.
Senior guard Jordan Sibert, who averaged 12.2 points per game last season, will be out of eligibility when Crosby joins the program next year.
Over the weekend there was the possibility of Maryland making an addition to its 2014 recruiting class, with three-star point guard John Crosby making a visit to the College Park campus. However Crosby’s visit didn’t lead to a change in his plans, as it was reported Sunday via Twitter by Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun that the Baltimore Poly product will attend New Hampton Prep this school year.
Maryland already has a high-level point guard in freshman Romelo Trimble, but a change of heart from Crosby would have given head coach Mark Turgeon some additional depth at the position. As it currently stands Trimble will be asked to shoulder the load, something that was expected to be the case when he committed to the Big Ten school, with senior Dez Wells being the likely option to run the point when Trimble needs a rest.
Wells did pick up some experience at the point guard position last season with Seth Allen sidelined with a broken foot and then-freshman Roddy Peters still getting acclimated to the college game at that time (both Allen and Peters have since transferred). Wells finished the season averaging 2.2 assists per game (second on the team) to go along with his team-best 14.9 ppg. And in the 12 games the Terrapins played without Allen, Wells accounted for 25 assists and 31 turnovers.
Provided Trimble’s capable of taking the reins (and the early expectation is that he’ll be able to) Maryland will be in a better spot at the point in 2014-15 than they were last season. Adding Crosby to the fold would have given Maryland another primary ball-handler, providing depth at a position that could have used the boost.
Among Crosby’s other offers picked up were Rutgers and George Mason.