Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins keep on landing quality recruits in the 2014 class, and Turgeon locked up his third commitment yesterday in three-star shooting guard Jared Nickens. All three of Maryland’s 2014 commits are known for their excellent three-point shooting ability, and that is Nickens biggest asset. A quality scorer from Norristown, Pennsylvania, Nickens gives Maryland one of the top five prospects in the state of Pennsylvania and the swingman is ranked by the 247Composite as the 47th-best small forward and the 186th-best recruit overall.
The top 200 prospect chose Maryland yesterday following an official visit with the Terps, and he committed to Maryland before his official visit to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons that was set for the 21st of the month. Nickens chose Maryland over offers from Wake Forest, the Miami Hurricanes, Oklahoma Sooners, Penn State Nittany Lions, West Virginia Mountaineers, Temple Owls, Providence Friars, South Florida Bulls, and Oregon State Beavers.
Nickens had a solid list of offers, but it always seemed like Maryland was in the best position to land Nickens. All three analysts on 247Sports chose the Terps as the team to land Nickens, who also officially visited Oregon State last month. It looked to me like Oregon State was also in a good position to land Nickens, but it would have been a surprise to see Turgeon and Maryland strike out.
The Terrapins and Turgeon have done an excellent job of recruiting in the 2014 class, and the addition of the 6’6″, 180 pound Westtown School standout gives the Terps a good trio of scorers who are amazing at shooting the ball. Nickens isn’t as touted as four-stars Dion Wiley (a top ten shooting guard and the second-best in-state prospect for Maryland) and Arlington, Virginia PG Melo Trimble, but he is a solid recruit overall.