COLLEGE PARK -- The University of Maryland men's basketball team has received its first oral commitment in what is expected to be a busy fall signing period for the Terrapins.
Laron Profit, a 6-foot-6 guard, committed to the Terps after making his official visit last weekend.
Jeff Savage, Profit's coach at Caesar Rodney High in Camden, Del., yesterday confirmed the player's decision, according to published reports. The signing period begins Nov. 9.
"He's playing point guard for us, but he'll be a 2-3 [shooting guard-small forward] at the next level," said Savage. "I think he fits well in Gary's system. He's very young, and I think he has a tremendous upside."
Maryland coach Gary Williams, in accordance with NCAA rules, declined to comment.
Profit averaged 22 points and seven assists as a junior while leading his team to the state final. He shot 48 percent from the field and 32 percent from three-point range.
Savage said that Profit, who recently turned 17, will "have some big adjustments to make in a lot of ways. He's going to have to learn how to play hard every minute, which he doesn't do now."
Profit is one of two guards Maryland hopes to sign this fall. The other, Louis Bullock of Temple Hills and Laurel Baptist Academy, is considered by many to be one of the top 15 high school players in the country and, if he chooses the Terps, will be Duane Simpkins' successor at point guard.
Though he will visit Florida this weekend, Bullock is reportedly down to Maryland or Michigan. He visited Ann Arbor for Midnight Madness and was here last weekend with Profit.
The other player the Terps are trying to sign this fall, Obinna Ekezie, will visit this weekend. The 6-10, 270-pound center, who is from Nigeria and is playing this year at Worcester (Mass.) Academy, is reportedly down to Maryland or George Washington.