Four-Star Guard DeShawn Harris-Smith Commits to Maryland Basketball

Maryland basketball recruiting remains hot on the recruiting trail.

Paul VI (VA) four-star guard DeShawn Harris-Smith has announced his commitment to Maryland over Indiana, Penn State, Villanova and Xavier. Harris-Smith becomes the third commitment in head coach Kevin Willard’s first full class, joining four-star Jamie Kaiser and three-star Jahnathan Lamothe. He also becomes the second four-star to join Maryland’s 2023 class this month, joining Kaiser.

Maryland first jumped into the mix for the 6-foot-4 guard back in early June and led by assistant Tony Skinn, Harris-Smith’s lead recruiter, the Terps first hosted him for a visit just weeks later. Harris-Smith’s ability to run the point elevated his recruitment and made him attractive to Maryland as he complements Lamothe and Kaiser in the backcourt.

It’s no surprise that the buzz for Harris-Smith began after Kaiser announced his commitment as the two longtime friends first played together in the PYBL. That helped Kaiser to turn into a recruiter and lean on his longtime friendship to recruit Harris-Smith as the next domino in Willard’s class. Willard’s emphasis on local recruiting also played a hand in Harris-Smith’s decision. After Kaiser announced his commitment to Maryland in early August, all attention shifted to the four-star guard that flourished for Team Takeover this summer.

Harris-Smith unofficially visited Maryland on Sunday with his mother, sealing the deal for the Terps and paving the way for their third commitment this cycle.

“I just like to have an opportunity to stay home and play in front of my friends and family. They want me to come in and play mostly point guard which I think is my best chance of making it to the next level. Maryland is recruiting all my DMV guys so I would know my freshman class really well and will have good chemistry from the beginning,” Harris-Smith said after releasing his top five.

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Harris-Smith, a 6-foot-4 guard, was named to the Nike NYBL Peach Jam first-team after averaging 12.3 points, eight rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

With his decision now public, he becomes the fourth local high school recruit signed by Willard and the new Maryland staff. Harris-Smith joins Kaiser, Lamothe and 2022 forward Noah Batchelor as he gears up for his first season in College Park. While Maryland is still in the mix for South Kent (CT) four-star guard Elmarko Jackson, Willard and company will shift its attention to securing the frontcourt with another target nearing a decision.

Harris-Smith is rated a four-star prospect and a 95 overall by On3, sitting as the 45th-best prospect in the country and top prospect in Virginia.

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