Local forward holds strong connection to Maryland basketball staff

Largo (MD) came away with a 74-59 win over Wise last week to win the PG County championship as 2025 four-star guard Cam Ward led the way with 25 points, 20 rebounds, seven assists, seven blocks and three steals.

For the 6-foot-5, 175-pound Upper Marlboro native, the stat line reflects his growth over the course of his sophomore season as Ward embraces being the go-to scorer. “I grew as far as being able to shoot the ball better,” Ward told IBG. “I shoot the ball better now than I did last year, just expanding my game and me playing on both sides of the floor now, starting to block shots more, being a better on-ball defender.”

It’s early, but Ward’s success with both Largo and Team Durant has entrenched him among the area’s elite prospects in his class. Virginia Tech, Illinois and Georgetown have extended offers so far but Maryland assistant David Cox has led the charge so far. “Coach [David] Cox shows a lot of interest. He’s been to a lot of open gyms, came out and showed support so I’ve been holding him closely.” Ward has another connection to the program.

“My guy coach [Tevon] Saddler, that’s my guy. We talk almost on a daily basis. He’s known my parents. Me and him definitely have a good relationship.” The interest from the staff has been consistent so far as they monitor the local target. “The contact has definitely been great from the coaching staff. They’re call me, make efforts so I definitely understand what they’re saying, what it’d look like if I came to Maryland. I definitely enjoy the coaching staff and understand what they want to do moving forward.”

Ward hoped to visit Maryland last month, but couldn’t make it work as he will look to next fall to take in his first game during the Willard era. But Ward and his parents did make it to campus last October where he got a chance to check out campus and the arena.

“Definitely nice. I didn’t know Maryland was that huge of a campus so when I got on campus, I learned that. I’ve only been to Xfinity Center before. Everything was huge though, the football stadium and it becoming on campus. It was so nice.”

Ward has also visited Penn State and Arkansas and will look to visit Iowa in the spring.

He is not yet rated by On3.

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