Maryland Catches the Eye of Versatile Forward After Offer

Maryland already made themselves a factor at Paul VI after landing four-star guard DeShawn Harris-Smith back in August. Maryland was then in the top group for 2024 four-star Darren Harris before he announced his verbal to Duke, but the staff uncovered a new target this past week with forward Garrett Sundra picking up his first Power Five offer.

The 6-foot-10 forward had been in touch with assistant Tony Skinn but Sundra got the news from Willard himself. “Coach Willard and coach Skinn had come to a couple of the practices before. They came to DeShawn [Harris-Smith], Darren [Harris], the whole PVI team,” Sundra told Inside the Black and Gold. “We were talking, they said they were interested. Last week I think they said they’re going to give me a call next week. I was on the lookout then after practice, coach Farrello was on the phone with coach Willard and told me I think [Willard] wants to talk to you. He gave me the phone and then he officially offered.”

Naturally, Maryland is a school that Sundra is already familiar with. “Maryland is my first Power Five offer so that was super cool, meant a lot to me. One of my best friends, Deshawn, just seeing him go to Maryland is really cool and then to offer me is really, really cool. I grew up watching Maryland on the local network so I’d watch some games of theirs the last few seasons.”

Sundra said the staff invited him to campus last weekend but was unable to make it in, but he’s looking to set up a future visit to campus. Sundra admitted his knowledge of how Maryland operates under Willard is limited, but assistant Tony Skinn had a call scheduled for Thursday night with Sundra and his parents as he’s keeping an eye on his emerging suitors through the fall into winter. After Maryland jumped in, both Miami and Iowa joined Maryland as Power Five programs that have jumped into the mix. “The whole recruiting thing is crazy. We’ve been in it for about six months now and I’m still trying to get used to it but yeah, I’m starting to see some schools reach out more often.”

In the meantime, Sundra left for his first official to Butler on Friday morning and is interested to know how he fits in as a stretch four. “We’re going to get a look at campus and then some of the majors I want to major in. I just want to talk to them about how they can use a stretch four because my game is a little different, it’s starting to get more popular so I just want to know what they can do with me.”

Others staying consistent with Saundra include Rhode Island, George Mason, George Washington and Fairfield while he’ll unofficially visit Virginia Tech next weekend. “I have a lot of family so not my first time, but my first time for basketball.”

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