After bringing the lowest-ranked class of 2020 into the Big Ten per 247Sports, Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon bounced back to start the 2021 cycle. It all started in May with the signing of Julian Reese , a coveted striker from Baltimore. And it continued Wednesday, as the Terps secured four-star shooter Ike Cornish, he announced on Twitter.
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Thanks to his commitment, Cornish becomes Maryland’s highest-rated player for 2021, ranking 77th among prospects in the nation, according to 247Sports. Not far behind is Reese, also a recipient of four-star status, and knocking on the door of the top 100 players in the country.
The Baltimore native poses a much bigger offensive threat than College Park’s defensive force. He averaged 13.3 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game as a junior at Legacy Early College in Greenville, South Carolina, showing his ability to knock down shots and also attack the rim. His 6-foot-6 frame, complemented by his ability to drive through defenses, seems to set him up for some serious playing time with the Terps.
Cornish could be in the running to play a key role in Turgeon’s rotation early on as Maryland’s depth has taken a hit this offseason. Anthony Cowan Jr. graduated and Jalen Smith declared for the NBA Draft, while Joshua Tomaic, Ricky Lindo and Serrel Smith all transferred from the program.
And after the upcoming 2020-21 season, projected starters Darryl Morsell and Aaron Wiggins could both be out, with Morsell graduating and Wiggins an early declare candidate for the NBA Draft. These departures, compounded by a bench that looks thin at the sentry post, have increased the need to retake the Cornish.
The Terps beat Georgetown, Xavier, Virginia Tech and Rutgers, among others, picking up Cornish. Maryland’s recruiting class ranks fifth in the nation in commitment, according to 247Sports.