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Mario Kegler Enjoys Maryland Visit, Will Trim List After Indiana
Mario Kegler enjoyed his weekend official visit to Maryland and will look to trim his list following his final official to Indiana next weekend.
“It was great,” Omhar Carter, Kegler’s guardian, told SNY.tv following Kegler’s official visit to campus for Midnight Madness. “The coaching staff was good. Their plan for him as far as how they want to use him, he’ll play the guard positions. He’ll be a guard, so they’ll play him at all guard spots. They have five post players who are 6-10 or above. He’ll play some two guard and some three.”
Carter said they could feel the excitement around a Maryland program that was picked No. 1 in the preseason by ESPN in August and has several NBA prospects, including freshman big man Diamond Stone.
“It’s too much [excitement], it’s ridiculous,” he said. “The fans, the media, it was crazy. Everybody hovering around and it’s just a different aspect.”
Maryland continues to rank high on their list.
“They are the same as they always were, they were fairly high,” Carter said. “It’s the same. We kind of expected what we would see at Maryland. Maryland is what it’s supposed to be. I think they are trying to be one of the top programs.”
Kegler is a 6-foot-6 wing from Mississippi who transferred to Oak Hill (VA) Academy before his senior season. He has now taken officials to Arizona State, Baylor, Mississippi State and Maryland.
After the Indiana visit Oct. 23-25, they will look to narrow their list.
“Go to Indiana, take a couple of days to just not talk about nothing and then see how he feels about his situation,” he said. “We’ll give him a couple days and then break it down, and once he breaks it down he’ll have a good idea of where he’s leaning. We’ll narrow it down to those three, maybe even two, that he’s leaning to and then go from there.”
Carter said the plan is to sign during the early period next month, but he could wait until the spring.
“We’re looking to sign in the early signing period, we’re looking to do it then,” he said. “That’s what we’re looking to do, but it depends on if he says, ‘I like this one, I like that one.’ If he can’t figure it out, then he has to wait [until the spring].”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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