Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon took advantage of a big-man heavy class in 2012 by securing commitments from three centers — including a top-ten center in the class in Shaquille Cleare (#31). Small forward Jake Layman also nearly made our top-75 and shooting guard Sam Cassell, Jr. is a late-bloomer who’s recruitment really started to heat up in the spring. Center Damonte Dodd is also a late-bloomer and this class has more potential than skill right now. However, that’s not really a bad thing since the upside on most of these guys is pretty high.
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Cleare is simply a huge big man that is strong, rebounds very well and has good body control. He runs the floor well at times and is impossible to stop in transition when he gets out on the break. He also displays a nice hook shot in the low post and has the ability to make some nice passes when he’s double-teamed in the interior. Cleare has good hands and impressive touch around the basket although he can improve his interior scoring and mid-range game. If he can get into good shape and consistently get out on the break, he’d be nearly unstoppable in transition. He’s a great get for Maryland and will certainly help them in the interior.
Jake Layman | Overall: NR | Position: Small Forward (NR) | 6’8 | 190
Layman has an excellent combination of length and athleticism and is versatile. He has the tools to be a terrific three-point shooter in the future, has nice touch and moves well without the ball. However, he needs to improve his strength and become better at creating scoring opportunities for himself. Layman can improve on his ability to score off the dribble too.
Charles Mitchell | Overall: NR | Position: Center (NR) | 6’7 | 250
Mitchell can score in a few different ways and has a good work ethic. He has a good motor and can pass the ball well out of the low post. However, he needs to improve his interior scoring ability and get in better shape. He can develop into a better rebounder as well to try to maximize his potential once he gets to Maryland.
Sam Cassell, Jr. | Overall: NR | Position: Shooting Guard (NR) | 6’4 | 170
Cassell, Jr. is a late-bloomer who’s recruitment really started blowing up in the spring. He can fill it up very quickly and has good range on his shot. He plays the game intelligently too and has pretty good size. However, he needs to add to his offensive arsenal to get closer and closer to his ceiling on that end of the court.
Damonte Dodd | Overall: NR | Position: Center (NR) | 6’9 | 230
Dodd, like Cassell, Jr., is a late-bloomer who has a good motor. He can rebound, has good length and has a high ceiling. He’s more of a guy that has a lot of upside at this point in time rather than skill. It will be interesting to see how Dodd develops at Maryland and if he’ll be able to be a major contributor for the Terps.
Seth Allen | Overall: NR | Position: Shooting Guard (NR) | 6’1 | 190
Allen is a terrific scorer but that’s about it. He’s able to knock it down from beyond the arc, create scoring opportunities for himself off the dribble and is a good athlete. He’s also good in the open court and can fill it up quickly. However, he needs to improve on the defensive end so he isn’t a liability in college.