Maryland lands four-star small forward Justin Anderson as expected on Thursday…
Terps Snag Needed Prospect
No one has ever questioned Maryland's Gary Williams' ability to coach. Many consider him one of the best game tacticians in the country. The question that Maryland fans have had about Williams over the past several years is the ability to land a big time local talent from arguably the best recruiting area in the country. Players from Baltimore and Washington D.C. haven't picked the Terrapins at a rate that Maryland fans would like or expect. However things seem to be picking up for Maryland in that regard. In the 2011 class Williams and company were able to land highly regarded Baltimore native Nick Faust, and today they snagged 2012 super athlete Justin Anderson. Anderson attends Rockville (MD) Montrose Christian, and is ranked as the No. 32 prospect in the country. At 6-foot-6 and about 200 pounds, Anderson is one of the best athletes in the country. Coming into high school Anderson had elite five-star billing, but to this point he hasn't quite progressed to that level. Right now Anderson is more of a hustle, athlete, defender type instead of someone who can do it all on the offensive end to go along with being a quality defender. Regardless of the fact that Anderson might not be a top 20 player, this is still a huge pick up for the Terps. Landing a commitment from Montrose, headed by the legendary Stu Vetter, is big for the program and Williams. Anderson is one of the more popular players in the class, and someone that a lot of prospects in the class of 2012 really respect. On top of that he is local. Anderson grew up in Virginia, now goes to school in Maryland, and simply gives Maryland exactly what they are looking for. As if that weren't enough, Anderson is also a great complement to what Maryland is bringing in on the perimeter in the 2011 class. The Terps landed two solid perimeter players in Faust and Sterling Gibbs in the 2011 class. Both Gibbs and Faust are good shooters who excel on the offensive end with an ability to really light up the scoreboard. Those two prospects need the ball in their hands to be effective, Anderson does not. In fact he is at his best when playing off the ball and being an athletic energizer. Not only is this commitment big because it gives the Terrapins a top 50 recruit on a roster not loaded with them, but it also fills big stylistic need in the Maryland lineup. While this is just a start for Maryland with Anderson and Faust, things are definitely looking better than they were a few months ago in terms of local recruiting. If Williams and his staff can keep some of the best local talent home they will make strides, and unlike watching the NCAA Tournament like they are this year, they will be participating and probably playing multiple games.
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