With Dez Wells, Jake Layman and Nick Faust returning next season, each still an underclassman, Maryland’s in no great need of small forward types. But regardless of roster make-up, you never stop looking for potential impact players, and Terry Larrier may be one such example.
It’s unknown if the Terps have officially offered Larrier, a fast-rising 2014 forward from the Bronx, N.Y., but there’s no question they’re interested. Maryland traveled to The Phelps School (Pa.) to watch Larrier work out earlier this spring, and assistant Bino Ranson scouted him last week at the Nike EYBL event in L.A.
“They have a high level of interest in me,” said Larrier, who this weekend listed Maryland, VCU, Providence and Drexel as the schools recruiting him hardest. “I don’t know a lot about them, but I like the school.”
Although Maryland’s not in need of small forwards, Larrier may be the sort of player who doesn’t need to be classified position-wise. Standing at 6 feet 8 with long arms and quick jumping ability, he appears to be the sort of player whose versatility elevates his prospects from mid-major to high-major status.
“I can guard all five positions and play the 1 through 4 positions. I can shoot, attack the basket, I’m leader on the court, a good rebounder and a lockdown defender,” Larrier said, adding that he remains wide open and has no timetable in mind.
Jerry Meyer, 247Sports' national recruiting analyst, watched Larrier this weekend at the EYBL stop in Hampton, Va.
"At times I had to do a double take and make sure Larrier wasn't elite prospect Chris McCullough," Meyer said. "Larrier is a good 6-8 and slashes to the basket with a vengeance. He also had good awareness on the defensive end and on the boards. He looks to be a great sleeper type prospect in the 2014 class."
Given Maryland’s wealth of talent on the wing, again, there’s no telling if Mark Turgeon will add another such player. But it’s clear Larrier has caught the Terps’ attention, so we’ll continue to track him this spring.