By LYNN BURROWS, AP Maryland’s basketball recruiting class is getting better, and its not just the players.
The program is getting some of the best players in the country, including players with experience at the highest levels.
Here are five Maryland players expected to be in the mix for the Terrapins in 2016-17.
T.J. Johnson, 6-8 forward/center: The 6-7 Johnson is a 6-10 forward who has the physical tools to be a top NBA prospect.
His quickness and athleticism is reminiscent of former Maryland guard Ben Simmons.
The 6-11 guard is not the most explosive athlete in the class, but he’s a tough, physical player with great instincts and good touch.
He has the length to guard multiple positions, and he has an aggressive and high motor.
He could be a high-volume scorer in the NBA, but his size and length will limit his upside.
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Brown, 6/8 guard/forward: Brown is the tallest player in the draft and he’s already a very productive scorer.
He’s a solid athlete who could make an immediate impact at the next level.
He can score in transition and on the move, which gives him a chance to become a scoring threat on the perimeter.
He plays with a lot of confidence, and his shot is extremely accurate, which makes him a great fit in a system that has him play multiple positions.
The 5-11 forward can also score at a high level on the defensive end.
He was named a preseason All-American in 2015-16 after averaging 13.6 points per game.
He showed great vision and a willingness to use his athleticism to get to the rim and attack.
He’ll need to improve his footwork and dribble to be an impact defender.
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Jones, 6.6 guard/center/forward.
Jones is the first player in this class to commit to Maryland and could have a chance at an NBA contract.
He had a breakout junior year with Maryland after playing at Miami in the ACC Tournament, where he averaged 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 17.6 minutes per game and grabbed 11 boards in 21.3 minutes per contest.
Jones averaged 10.5 and 6.2 rebounds per contest last season, so he has the size and athleticism to be able to contribute in a rotation.
He should have the ability to score in any situation.
Tevin Booker, 6’7 guard/point guard: Booker’s upside could be the most obvious in this group, but there are plenty of other potential big men in this draft class.
He is the most polished and explosive big man in the group, with elite quickness, shooting and leaping ability.
He doesn’t lack size or length, but Booker has the height and length to dominate in the paint.
He also has the athleticism to score on defense and is a skilled rebounder.
He does have some question marks on defense, but the team could give him plenty of opportunities to prove he can guard multiple roles.
Sam Greenwood/USA TODAY SportsJustin K. Allard, 6”/forward/center.
Allard is a 5-10 wing who has shown good ball handling ability.
His ballhandling could be better, but that will be mitigated by his excellent touch and shooting.
He isn’t a great athlete, but this size could give his team the option of adding a rim protector and scoring off the dribble.
He’s a versatile offensive player with the ability at the rim to finish and finish well.
He played guard in college at Cal and could fill that role as a wing.
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J (Jaylen) Jones, 5”/center; 6’10 wing/forwardJones could have an opportunity to become the best player on this class, if not the best freshman in the nation.
The 6’11 forward has shown great improvement defensively and has shown a knack for making shots in transition.
He scored 14 points per contest and grabbed eight rebounds as a freshman in 2014-15.
He would need to show better consistency to have a shot at being a top-10 pick.
He could play at power forward or small forward in the pros, which could help him develop his skills.
He shows good touch, making quick cuts and jumping out to get into the paint with ease.
He shoots well off the bounce and has great footwork.
Jones should be a good addition to the Maryland recruiting class, and it’s a safe bet that he’ll have a big impact in the coming seasons.