InsideMDSports: Mark Turgeon making Dion Wiley a top priority

March 07, 2013|By Jeff Ermann | Special to The Baltimore Sun

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The whispers about Dion Wiley’s talent began a year ago. And as last summer progressed, Wiley’s name began popping up on top-100 lists everywhere. Now in the final stages of his junior season, Wiley’s earned a reputation as one of the top shooting guards on the East Coast – and a spot high on Maryland’s recruiting board.

Mark Turgeon’s added a point guard (Roddy Peters) and a combo (Melo Trimble) in the 2013 and 2014 classes, respectively. But Turgeon wants another shooter, and Wiley appears to be his No. 1 choice.

“Coach Turgeon is doing his work. He’s been to several practices, games, I think they’ve probably shown a presence on 20 different occasions this season. They’re doing their work,” said Wiley’s coach at Potomac High, Renard Johnson. “Coach Turgeon loves shooters. That’s all he raves about, about Dion.”

Wiley’s held offers from Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, Villanova, N.C. State, Miami and Virginia Tech for a while now. Syracuse, another school in which Wiley’s interested, has shown some interest too. And he’s sure to add new suitors this spring and summer on the travel circuit.

But he’s not focused much on recruiting at the moment; Johnson said Wiley, who didn’t play as a freshman, has been working hard on polishing his academics and is faring well in the classroom.

“I hate to sound like a cliché, but he’s really focused on academics and gaining improvement … Sometimes with ninth-graders, they come in and they’re not ready for high school, and they get behind the eight-ball,” said Johnson, adding that Wiley will likely take visits this summer and make a commitment next fall.

“He’s just trying to enjoy his high school career and get better right now. With some kids, sometimes you try to focus on everything and it’s just too much.”

Turgeon and his assistants, of course, aren’t the only ones in Wiley’s ear about Maryland.

“Peters, he’s even been to a few games. It’s no secret he’s been recruiting Dion,” Johnson said.

Wiley, who now stands a hair under 6 feet 4, is regarded as one of the better shooters to play in talent-rich Prince George’s County in recent years. He's the No. 41 prospect and No. 9 shooting guard in the 2014 247Sports composite rankings, and could rise this spring and summer, when he showcases his improved non-shooting skills.

Wiley’s averaging 18 points and roughly eight rebounds, six assists and a few steals, Johnson said.

“His all-around game is unbelievably improved. We’ve built up the talent around him and that’s allowed him to do other things,” he said.

Randall Broddie has starred in his first year at Potomac. The 6-foot-2 freshman has been posting big numbers all year, and has also drawn Maryland’s attention. It’s a bit early to go in-depth on his school list or recruitment, but like Wiley, he’s attended several Terps games and most of the schools recruiting Wiley have taken note of Broddie.

The Terps “have been looking at him a lot. I’m just trying to shape up some of the rough edges,” Johnson said. “Trey Burke, he reminds me of him. That’s who Randall plays like.”

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