Maryland basketball offers a pair of targets with existing ties to the staff

12:00 AM on Thursday marked a big day for the class of 2025 as college basketball coaches around the country could begin directly reaching out to targets. Maryland was active through the day reaching out to Gonzaga (DC) four-star point guard Nyk Lewis, Bullis (MD) four-star forward Eric Reibe and Sidwell (DC) guard Jalen Rougier-Roane among others. The staff also extended new offers as they begin cementing their early 2025 recruiting board and a pair of new targets have existing connections to the staff.

Long Island Lutheran (NY) forward Jacob Ross already had a relationship with Maryland assistant Mike Jones from his time at Virginia Tech, so Thursday’s call between the two was a chance to catch up once again. “I’d say we’ve got a good connection and I like what he’s been telling me so far,” Ross told IBG. Maryland, Sienna, Penn State, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oregon and Syracuse are among the schools who have reached out to the 6-foot-5 forward on the first day possible. “A lot of it has been introductions, getting to know me,” he said. But a pair of schools in contact already have a relationship with Ross. “Coach [Mike] Farrelly because he recruited my brother and Mike Jones from Maryland,” Ross added.

Aside from Peach Jam, Ross plans to visit Robert Morris on June 26 but the connection to Mike Jones incentivizes the emerging target to make plans to visit College Park. “I haven’t been up to Maryland before but I know they’ve been pretty good over the last years. And everything coach Jones has told me so far I’ve liked.”

Meanwhile, recently-elevated assistant coach Greg Manning has been in contact with Ramogi Nyagudi but Thursday marked the first offer for the 6-foot-10 forward out of St. Paul’s (MB). “This is my first offer so I was pretty excited. I’m just blessed to get it,” Nyagudi told IBG. “We’ve been talking for a bit so it wasn’t really much of a conversation, just that they like how I play. Just overall enjoyed the fact that I played really nicely and they think I can add to the team.”

Nyagudi also suits up for Canada Elite, but he’s also made a name for himself having been invited to Team Manitoba 18U Canada Games last year, just months after being named to the AAAA All-Manitoba Team. He followed that up by being named the male player of the year at the Basketball Manitoba awards back in mid-April. Creighton, Oregon, Georgetown and Illinois have also shown interest in Nyagudi but Manning made it clear what the Terps like about him. “He really likes my motor, the way that I push the floor. My shot is still developing but it looks good for someone with my size. [Manning] is a great guy, great conversations every time we talk.”

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