The Maryland Terrapins added the third member of its 2014 recruiting class on Sunday. Jared Nickens, a 6′-6″ prep school wing forward, made the call to join the Terps, according to multiple reports.
Nickens will be a 5th year player at Westtown (PA) this season, after previously playing at St. Patrick (NJ). A borderline top-100 talent, Nickens will join a pair of top-50 caliber guards in the class in combo guard Romelo Trimble and shooting guard Dion Wiley. That trio represents some significant success on the recruiting trail from the relatively new coaching staff in what should be a loaded ACC going forward.
Once known strictly as a shooter, Nickens has been improved all-around this spring, playing for a strong Under Armour affiliated traveling team in Sports U/Team Izod. He has expanded his game and can create his shot off the dribble and use his length defensively.
A host of Maryland’s ACC competitors were after Nickens, among other programs, a listed which included the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Miami Hurricanes and others.
While Nickens isn’t the highest touted of the three verbal pledges, he certainly will have his role in College Park. Coming in as a prep school player also gives Nickens an additional year of maturity and development as he begins his time in college hoops.
Coach Mark Turgeon and company have things rolling on the recruiting trail going forward, and this trio is currently the second best ACC recruiting class, behind the North Carolina Tar Heels, which have three top-25 prospects already pledged.