Maryland men’s basketball announces trio of four-star signees to 2021 class, including two Baltimore-area natives

Daniel Oyefusi, The Baltimore Sun
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The Maryland men’s basketball team on Wednesday announced that a trio of 2021 recruits signed their National Letter of Intent on College Signing Day.

Forward Julian Reese (St. Frances), wing James Graham and shooting guard Ike Cornish all officially signed on to join coach Mark Turgeon and the Terps in College Park for the 2021 season.

Reese, the brother of Maryland women’s basketball freshman Angel Reese, is the 82nd-ranked player in the Class of 2021. The 6-foot-9 Reese was the first player to verbally commit to the Terps.

“Julian is very talented and has a tremendous upside on both sides of the court,” Turgeon said in a statement. “He’s a great defender and shot blocker. Across the board we’ve had some pretty good shot blockers here at Maryland, whether it was Bruno [Fernando] or Stix [Jalen Smith] or Len [Bias]. Julian is going to give us that.”

Graham, a 6-foot-8 wing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the 100th-ranked player in his class.

“James is one of the most talented players offensively I think I’ve ever recruited. He’s got game,” Turgeon said.

Cornish, a Cockeysville native, is a former Dulaney star who transferred to Legacy Early College, a charter school in South Carolina. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard is the 102nd-ranked player in his class.

“Ike is a terrific shooter with great size who is just coming into his own as a player,” Turgeon said. “He wasn’t at the Maryland level a year ago and he’s worked really, really hard to get to this level and will only continue to grow.”

With Reese, Graham and Cornish signed, the Terps have the No. 18 recruiting class in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Maryland’s class ranks third in the Big Ten, only behind Michigan and Michigan State.

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