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Sam Cassell Jr. Makes it Official, Chooses Maryland Over USF, FSU

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sam Cassell Jr., a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Baltimore, has signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Maryland, ESPN is reporting.

Terps head coach Mark Turgeon made the announcement Monday, adding:

“Sam is a combo guard with the ability to score the basketball at three different levels – at the rim, in the mid-range and from 3-point range. He’s got a great feel and understanding of the game and is passionate about basketball. He’ll be a great piece to the puzzle and addition to the team next year.”

With his LOI signing, Cassell became the fifth player to join coach Mark Turgeon’s high-powered recruiting class.

Other standouts committed to Maryland include: 6-9 center Shaquille Cleare, forwards Jake Layman (Wrentham, Mass.) and Charles Mitchell (Marietta, Ga.), and 6-1 shooting guard Seth Allen (Fredericksburg, Va.).

The Baltimore Sun writes that forward Damonte Dodd (Centreville) has also verbally committed to the Terps, but has yet to sign his letter of intent.

“I just think Maryland is the place to be,” Cassell said in a news release. “It’s close to home so all my family and friends can see me play, because I’ve been away from home for the last two years.”

Son of former NBA guard — and current Washington Wizards assistant coach — Sam Cassell, the younger Cassell played at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., where he averaged just over 16 points per game as a senior.

Both ESPN.com and Scout.com list him as a three-star recruit and Rivals.com ranks him as the 34th-best shooting guard in the nation.

In case you’ve never had the opportunity to see Sam Cassell Jr. play, check out the short video of some of his highlights as a highschooler below:

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