Maryland men’s basketball program took a strong first step in gathering one of the nation’s best recruiting classes of 2018. Four-star wing Aaron Wiggins from Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) gave his commitment to the Terrapins on Saturday, announcing his decision on Twitter.
— Aaron (@Aaron_Wiggins_) June 3, 2017
Wiggins is listed at 6-foot-6, 190 pounds. He is ranked 90th on Rivals 150 nationally ranked players and No. 62 by 247Sports. At Wesleyan Christian Academy he is being coached by former Terrapin guard Keith Gaitlin.
Wiggins felt comfortable most with the Maryland coaching staff, which visited him and kept in touch more than any other program, according to an interview with Rivals. His stock blossomed while playing on the Under Armour Association circuit and he eventually got offers from prominent programs such as Arizona, Kansas, and Florida as well as in-state schools N.C. State and Wake Forest. However, his interest remained with the program most loyal, Maryland.
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon will look to use 2018 as a retooling recruiting year. Justin Jackson, who is returning for his sophomore season after originally declaring for the NBA Draft this year, will more than likely raise his stock for a permanent move to the NBA after next season. Senior center Michal Cekovsky and senior forward Jared Nickens will be graduating after the season. Add to the fact, sophomore Kevin Huerter is sure to test the NBA waters if he duplicates or surpasses his freshman year output.
That will put the Terrapins is a dire need of scholarship players. They will look for a couple of blue-chip prospects to fulfill their roster openings. Baltimore five-star guard Immanuel Quickley, has the Terrapins in his final four list of consideration. In addition, Jalen Smith, another Baltimore product, is a five-star forward and ranked 13th nationally by Rivals, also listed Maryland in his final consideration. Smith will be making an official visit at Maryland this summer.
Turgeon and his staff will make a strong push to land both in hopes of building a top-10 caliber recruiting class for 2018. Nabbing a commitment from Wiggins is a perfect start to accomplishing that goal.