One of the top shooters in the Class of 2016 has decided to end the recruiting process next week.
Four-star wing Brandon Robinson, who rebounded from a tough spring with a good month of July, will announce his college choice on Monday. Robinson, who’s taken two of his five available official visits, cut his list to five schools in mid-August. Those schools are Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina and Maryland, with Maryland being the lone non-ACC program on Robinson’s list.
The Douglasville, Georgia native has taken official visits to Georgia Tech and North Carolina, with the latter being completed just this past weekend. Many recruiting analysts see North Carolina, which will have some holes to fill on its perimeter after the 2015-16 season, as the favorite to land Robinson.
Robinson also has an official visit to Florida State scheduled for October 9, but given the timeline of his announcement he’ll have made his college choice before then.
Back in mid-August it was reported by the Clarion-Ledger that four-star small forward Mario Kegler would be taking visits to four schools, with the dates yet to be determined. Saturday NBCSports.com confirmed the dates for Kegler’s four official visits, as well as a change in one of the schools that will be hosting him.
Kegler, who’s a senior at Oak Hill Academy after spending last year at Arlington Country Day in Florida, will take his first official visit next weekend (September 18-20) with Arizona State being the hosts. That will be followed by a trip to Penn State the following weekend (September 25-27), with Maryland (October 15-17) and Indiana (October 23-25) also on Kegler’s itinerary.
News of Kegler’s visit dates was first reported by Scout.com.
The change in all of this is that Penn State will have the opportunity to host Kegler. In mid-August it was reported that UConn was one of the four schools that would host Kegler, with Arizona State, Maryland and Indiana being the others.
The Jackson, Mississippi native still has one official visit at his disposal, and the setting up of four official visits does not mean that Kegler has trimmed his list either. Kegler holds many offers, one of which being from a Mississippi State program that hosted him on an unofficial visit in early August.
With the amount of talent returning to campus, led by sophomore point guard Melo Trimble and senior forward Jake Layman, and the addition of five-star big man Diamond Stone the Maryland Terrapins are expected to be a national title contender in 2015-16. Mark Turgeon led the Terrapins back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years last season, and after reaching the Round of 32 expectations are much higher in advance of the upcoming campaign.
With that being the case, why not turn back the clock to the program’s proudest moment, when Maryland alum Gary Williams coached his alma mater to the national title in 2002? That team was an experienced group led by senior (and Final Four Most Outstanding Player) Juan Dixon, with point guard Steve Blake, wing Byron Mouton and forwards Lonnie Baxter and Chris Wilcox (just to name four) also factoring into the team’s run to the crown.
That Maryland team, which rebounded from a tough loss to eventual national champion Duke in the 2001 national semifinals, won 32 games and finished atop the ACC with a 15-1 conference record. Above is Maryland’s title game victory over Indiana, which was preceded by wins over Siena, Wisconsin, Kentucky, UConn and Kansas.