Mark Turgeon

Maryland lands commitment from 2021 four-star guard Ike Cornish

Maryland lands commitment from 2021 four-star guard Ike Cornish

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon received some good news early Wednesday afternoon, as guard Ike Cornish, a consensus four-star prospect in the 2021 class, announced his commitment to the Terps.

"I'm extremely grateful for all the coaches that have been involved in my recruiting process," Cornish said in the video. "With that being said, I have decided to commit to the University of Maryland."

Cornish is the second four-star prospect that has committed to the Terps in just a matter of weeks. Just last month, Maryland landed four-star power forward Julian Reese, the program's first commitment of the 2021 class.

The 6-foot-6 guard is ranked the 77th best player in the country and the 14th best shooting guard, according to 247Sports. Cornish chose the Terps over Rutgers, Georgetown, DePaul and George Washington. The guard's pledge to the Terps is a big get for Turgeon, as Maryland missed out on four-star forward Benny Williams last week.

Cornish, who plays his high school ball in South Carolina, is originally a Baltimore native. Having the chance to play close to home at Maryland certainly influenced the guard's decision to commit to the Terps.

"Part of my decision was about having my family able to see me play, but it was also about Coach Turgeon being in consistent contact with me and needing a player with my skillset," Cornish told 247Sports.

Cornish is the latest of many top recruits from Baltimore that have committed to the Terps recently. Two of Maryland's starters from a year ago, Jalen Smith and Darryl Morsell, are both Baltimore natives. Reese, the Terps other commitment from the 2021 class, is also a native of the Charm City.

Cornish also mentioned his close relationship with Terps assistant coach Bino Ranson as a reason for picking Maryland.

After Cornish's commitment, Maryland now has the fifth-best 2021 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports' rankings.

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How Maryland targeting transfer Both Gach is more complicated than it seems

How Maryland targeting transfer Both Gach is more complicated than it seems

What if Maryland's men's basketball got the commitment of a high-value transfer and he never suited up in a game?

That could very well happen with the Terrapins in pursuit of Utah transfer Both Gach.

Gach is transferring from the Utes but has still kept his name in the NBA Draft process. One thing is clear, he just doesn't want to play at Utah next season. 

With Gach remaining in the draft process this late into the year, it could be unsettling for Maryland to pursue the 6-foot-6 wing with nothing guaranteed. There is no timeline on when the NBA's pre-draft process (the Combine and workouts) will begin - if they happen at all this year. Still, prospects have been able to experience some of the events that lead up to the draft. They've been allowed to get feedback and speak to teams via videoconference calls despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

He's not a prospect that many analysts project to be drafted. But most fringe prospects have already decided to go back to school at this point in the process.

Mac McClung has withdrawn his name and transferred from Georgetown to Texas Tech. Florida's Andrew Nembhard is leaving the Gators after exiting the draft process. 

It doesn't mean Gach is staying in the draft. It doesn't mean he wouldn't be a good player at Maryland or any of the other schools he is exploring. 

It does mean Gach's situation is complicated. If College Park is where he commits, there is a chance he will be a Terp. There is also a chance he could go straight to the draft if the process restarts. There has been no deadline set by the NCAA to make a decision to return or go pro. He has no ties to the program to convince him to stay in school. Only one other transfer in this offseason is in the same spot as Gach right now, Alabama's Jordan Bruner's name is still in the draft after he just transferred from Yale. 

Gach's situation gets even more confusing considering he will likely have to sit a year out due to NCAA transfer rules.

Adding a player of Gach's ability would be great no matter the roster situation. In two seasons with the Utes, he showed great athleticism and command of the floor. He's most impactful in transition and an ability to knock down threes. His final season at Utah, he averaged 10.7 points at 39.7% and 25.0% from behind the arc. 

Maryland has more than enough wings with Eric Ayala, Darryl Morsell, Aaron Wiggins, and to an extent Donta Scott and Jarius Hamilton. All would likely be on the team still if Gach had to sit a season. He would just be another one that has decent control of his dribble. He's not a point guard but would likely be the second-best ballhandler behind Ayala in terms of non-freshman. 

Think of a player with the explosiveness of Wiggins but who also can create space for himself. 

Under normal circumstances, any program will gladly take a chance and have a scholarship available for a player with that much promise. This isn't a normal offseason - coronavirus or otherwise - for Mark Turgeon and his staff. With all their misses in the transfer portal, it is tough to say it has been a good one. 

What do the optics look like for the Terrapins if Gach chooses the NBA? Or worse yet, commits to Maryland only then to stay in the draft anyway? 

Is it worth the risk given the unknown? We'll just have to wait and see what Gach decides. 

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Patrick Ewing and Mark Turgeon release statements following George Floyd's death

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Patrick Ewing and Mark Turgeon release statements following George Floyd's death

Georgetown's men's basketball coach Patrick Ewing and Maryland's men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon released statements following the death of George Floyd on Monday. 

Floyd, a black man, died after Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd's neck for several minutes. His death has sparked civil unrest across the country.

We have a responsibility and a platform to speak out against racism and injustice.

We will not be silent. We will not ignore senseless violence and brutality. We will be a part of the solution.

We stand with those mourning the death of George Floyd and countless others who have senselessly lost their lives in tragic acts of racial injustice. It's time for our voices to be heard.

As I have discussed the horrific death of George Floyd the last few days privately with both my team and family, I have come to understand that as a leader of black young men it is imperative to extend the reach of my voice.

In the words of human rights activist Desmond Tutu, 'If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.'

Discussing the matter with my team and family is not enough. It can't be enough.

The recent senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others has sickened me to my core. I want to express my condolences to all affected.

We are all in this together and we must work to rid our country of injustices and racism. It will take real work. It starts with never forgetting these moments. It also means committing ourselves to further education in racism and social injustice.

Over the coming days and weeks our team will read 'Why We Can't Wait' by Martin Luther King Jr. and discuss each chapter to better understand systematic racism and what we can do to fix it. We will hold each other accountable in developing meaningful next steps.

This is an unbelievably challenging time in our country in so many ways. We should support all communities that have been impacted by these tragedies, including those impacted by social injustices and also the men and women of law enforcement who do serve their communities with honor and respect. We must stand together and unite now more than ever.

The two coaches are a part of many members of the sports community that have made statement's on Floyd's death and the ensuing protests. A group including LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Bradley Beal and Richard Sherman have spoken out on social media.

Chauvin and the three other officers involved in the incident were fired. Chauvin was later arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.