Among the thousands of college basketball players in the NCAA portal, Maryland’s two top backcourt additions are among the best fits with their new team. So says Sam Vecenie of The Athletic.
Vecenie recently ranked incoming guards Jahmir Young and Donald Casey No. 30 and No. 31 on his list of the top-85 transfer fits from this season’s portal.
Young, the two-time all-conference guard at Charlotte, “will head to Maryland to be a centerpiece of new coach Kevin Willard’s rebuild in College Park. For as good as Young is, and he is very talented, this is almost more important for symbolic reasons than anything else. Young will be the first player from powerful area high school DeMatha Catholic to suit up for Maryland in 15 years, an insane but true statistic that goes to show how much the local recruiting issues at Maryland had developed over the previous regimes at the school,” he wrote.
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“Moreover, Young is a two-time first-team All-Conference USA guard who will bring some scoring punch to the Big Ten. He’ll need to prove that he can separate consistently at the highest level of college, but he will definitely bring shooting, touch from the midrange, and genuine ballhandling ability to the table. He should be something of an upgrade on Fatts Russell, especially on the offensive end. The Terps have a ton of work to do still to build out their roster, but this is a good start for Willard.”
Maryland beat out Georgetown Miami and others for Young, who averaged more than 19 points per game and will be expected to take on the same sort of role as point guards like Anthony Cowan — who Young recently played against when a number of alums returned to College Park — and Melo Trimble have in recent years.
“I felt like I could trust [Kevin Willard], I felt like I could trust the staff Tony Skinn recruited me at, you know, other schools. Just always knowing the staff, just always having a good connection with them, I really feel like this was where I needed to be. It was home,” he said in a recent interview with Zack Shumaker. “It felt like home. I felt like I had a really good opportunity and coach Willard had a lot of success with his guards in the past.”
What sort of player can Maryland fans expect in Young?
“Young has been an absolute killer, outstanding guard in Conference USA now for three years, a three-time all-league selection including back-to-back first team appearances. The smooth lefty can play both on or off the ball, and generally makes good decisions while keeping control of the ball. He averaged a robust 19.6 points, six rebounds and four assists per game this year for Charlotte, and was the catalyst for everything they did,” he wrote. “He’s a bit reminiscent of now-former Connecticut guard RJ Cole. Cole made first-team All-Big East this past season as Connecticut’s lead, but did so shooting just 40 percent from the field and 33 percent from 3. He also plays better defense than Young. Basically, we’re projecting Young as a high-major starter, but maybe not quite an all-league guy.
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Carey, the sharpshooting guard from Georgetown, slid into the list one spot behind his new backcourt mate.
,Kevin Willard still has work to do, but we like what he’s done in the portal by adding Jahmir Young and now Carey. He inherited a mediocre shooting team and now he’s got two proven shooters in Young and Carey, solidifying his backcourt. Carey gets to stay home in Maryland and play for a program that’s becoming closer becoming a winner again than Georgetown appears to be,” Vecenie wrote.
,The critical skill here is that Carey is a terrific shooter. He’s made at least 36 percent from 3 in all four of his collegiate seasons, and 39 percent from distance on over 500 collegiate attempts,” he wrote, “He’s reliable on defense, was a team captain, and actually won the sportsmanship award from the Big East this past season. Basically, Carey profiles exceedingly well as a perfect fourth or fifth starter at a really good program. He can help someone this year, his sixth in college hoops. Mature guys like this are the kind of useful role players that help teams win titles.”