Maryland signs highly rated men's basketball class

Wiley, Trimble, Nickens, Reed sign letters of intent, will join Terps for 2014-15 season

  • Maryland's Mark Turgeon, shown during ACC media day in October, announced Thursday the signing of four recruits in the Class of 2014.
Maryland's Mark Turgeon, shown during ACC media day in… (Sam Sharpe / USA Today Sports )
November 14, 2013|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Maryland made it official today, announcing the signing of a four-man basketball recruiting class that is rated by most services as a top-five group nationally.

Signing letters of intent were shooting guard Romelo Trimble, shooting guard Dion Wiley, center Trayvon Reed and small forward Jared Nickens. The foursome is set to enroll next school year.

The Baltimore Sun has previously done stories on each of the recruits. Here are the links:

Dion Wiley | Melo Trimble | Trayvon Reed | Jared Nickens

Below is a release from Maryland announcing the recruits' signings, along with quotes provided by the school and individual highlight packages.

DION WILEY (6-4, 210, SG, Oxon Hill, Md.)

A four-star prospect and the 4th-ranked shooting guard (28th overall) nationally by… four-star prospect and the 17th-ranked shooting guard nationally (46th overall) by…ranked 49th nationally by…played AAU for Team Takeover and made 38-of-79 3-pointers for first three sessions.

Turgeon on Wiley: “When you ask coaches about Dion, they always share how loyal he is to his team and teammates. He is an outstanding young man who has a tremendous upside joining our program. His ability to knock down a jump shot also complements his great passing ability.”

Wiley: “I really like the coaching staff and the style of play at Maryland. It was great the way I was recruited by the entire staff and Coach Turgeon really took an interest in me. I look forward to playing with Roddy Peters, Jake Layman, Nick Faust and the rest of the team.”

ROMELO TRIMBLE (6-2, 190, PG, Arlington, Va.)

A four-star prospect, the 6th-ranked point guard nationally and the 33rd-ranked player overall by…a four-star prospect and 8th-ranked point guard nationally (35th overall) by… ranked 36th by…played AAU for DC Assault.

Turgeon on Trimble: “Romelo is a point guard with great vision who is equally adept as a passer and scorer. He excels in the pick-and-roll and was the first young man to commit to our program and played a pivotal role as we built this outstanding class. He is a winner on and off the court and we’re excited to have him at Maryland.”

TRAYVON REED (7-1, 218, C, Snellville, Ga.)

A four-star prospect and the 7th-ranked center nationally (75th overall) by…a four-star prospect and the 12th-ranked center nationally (86th overall) by…ranked 99th overall by…played AAU for Atlanta Xpress

Turgeon on Reed: “Trayvon is a long athletic rim-protector and very skilled for his size. He is a willing passer with a big upside and a very bright future.

Reed: “I feel like Maryland is a great fit for me. Coach Bino Ranson and I formed a strong bond and I feel like the entire coaching staff is down to earth. I take pride in rebounding, blocking shots and running the floor and I’ve been working on my post moves to improve my offensive game.”

JARED NICKENS (6-6, 180, SF, Norristown, Pa.)

A four-star prospect and 20th-ranked small forward nationally (90th overall) by…a four star prospect and the 25th-ranked (97th overall) small forward nationally by …ranked 93rd overall by…Averaged 16 points and five rebounds at Westtown School for the 2012-13 season.

Turgeon on Nickens: “Jared is a long wing player who is an outstanding shooter. He has a tremendous upside and a great feel for the game of basketball.”

Nickens: “It’s very exciting to be attending the University of Maryland. I had a great visit and it was a great fit for me. I love the school. Coach Turgeon, Coach Spinelli and the entire staff had all of the players’ best interests in mind during my visit. This is an outstanding place to fulfill my dream and to succeed both academically and athletically. I’m going to get a great education and Maryland instantly felt like family.”

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