Maryland Basketball: New coach Kevin Willard enters critical recruiting period

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Detroit Titans guard Antoine Davis Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Nobody said taking over the Maryland Basketball gig would be easy. New head coach Kevin Willard is experiencing that reality first hand. Coach Willard enters the dog days of the transfer portal with a myriad of holes to fill if he wants his roster to be in shape to be competitive for the upcoming 2022-2023 basketball season.

Donta Scott, Hakim Hart, and Sophomore F/C Julian Reese will return to the roster to comprise a solid three-man core to build on. While encouraging, the Terps will be extremely active on the transfer market to shore up a backcourt that loses 4 -year standout Eric Ayala and impact transfer guard Fatts Russell. Let’s take a closer look at who Maryland Basketball could potentially bring into the fold to fill those roster needs.

Antoine Davis – Detroit Mercy

The terrapins have put themselves in the mix with arguably the best pure scorer remaining on the transfer market in Antoine Davis. Snagging his commitment would go a LONG way in providing scoring punch for a squad that found itself struggling a good deal of the time last season in static, half-court situations. Davis can go and get buckets; he did so to the tune of 23.9 points per game, which would go a long way in replacing the backcourt scoring pop the terrapins lost to graduation.

Davis has played his cards pretty close to the vest in terms of where he’s ultimately leaning, but a recent visit to College Park has the terrapins firmly in the mix for his services. Of the guard targets remaining in the portal not named Nijel Pack (who recently committed to Miami-Fla ), Davis is among the most equipped to offer the offensive impact the terps need from the guard position going into this upcoming season.

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