St. Frances 4-star guard Jahnathan Lamothe is Maryland men’s basketball’s first commitment in Class of 2023

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St. Frances junior four-star guard Jahnathan Lamothe has committed to Maryland, giving the Terps their first commitment from the Class of 2023 and new coach Kevin Willard a victory in local recruiting.

Lamothe, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound combo guard who announced his commitment on Instagram, is a highly touted prospect out of Baltimore. He is ranked the No. 124 player in the country, the No. 22 shooting guard and the fourth-best player in Maryland, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He chose the Terps over Georgetown, Penn State and Central Florida.

Lamothe, who also plays for Team Durant in the AAU circuit, was a key starter for St. Frances, which finished the season 35-8 and No. 2 in The Baltimore Sun high school poll.

The Terps have been active in the transfer portal, landing Charlotte’s Jahmir Young, Georgetown’s Donald Carey and Seton Hall’s Jahari Long, and also got a commitment from Class of 2022 three-star guard Noah Batchelor, but this is Maryland’s first commitment beyond 2022. Maryland has four seniors on next season’s roster, including Young and Carey as well as returners Donta Scott and Hakim Hart, though all but Carey could return for a fifth year due to the extra year granted to NCAA athletes because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Terps have had success recruiting players from St. Frances in recent seasons, including getting a commitment from Julian Reese, who had a strong freshman campaign and is expected to start in the frontcourt next season.

Maryland assistant coach Tony Skinn recruited Lamothe, according to 247Sports.