With two of the schools recruiting him facing each other, Potomac junior Dion Wiley again took the short ride over to College Park last week for the Maryland-N.C. State game. Both the Terps and Wolfpack have offered Wiley, so he remained diplomatic.
“I wasn’t really rooting for anybody. I just thought they both played great defense,” said Wiley, adding that the frenzied atmosphere impressed him, though he refrained from storming the court with the students. “It was live.”
Wiley’s been a frequent visitor at Maryland in recent months, and has maintained the Terps are in his top three with Georgetown and Virginia, along with interest in N.C. State, Florida and others. UConn offered last week. Are his repeat trips indicative of his high interest level, or is he simply taking advantage of opportunities to watch college games near home?
“I like to watch games, and it’s indicative of my interest. Both,” he said. “I’m comfortable there.”
Wiley, rated the No. 50 overall prospect and No. 11 shooting guard in the Class of 2014, plans to make a decision sometime before his senior season. Maryland’s lone 2014 commit, Romelo Trimble, has been working to convince him that College Park should be his destination.
“I talked to Melo recently. He was telling me ‘just come on [and commit],’” Wiley said.
He also got a chance to chat briefly after the game with coach Mark Turgeon. While the Terps pulled off the win, their offensive performance may have been a direct selling point for the sharpshooter.
“He told me they need shooters,” Wiley said.