Maryland is top in the nation in Division I talent

 

Jim Litke

Photo Courtesy: The Huffington Post

When you hear people from D.C., Maryland, or Virginia say the DMV has the best talent in the country, you might think they are over exaggerating. Well that’s not the case.

In a tweet posted by NCAA Research, Maryland has more boys and girls basketball players that are recruited by Division I schools than any other state in the country.

Maryland is ranked higher than North Carolina, Georgia, Nevada and Virginia in boys basketball. Last year, the area saw potential lottery pick Markelle Fultz, and Louisville forward V.J. King ranked in the top 25 of the ESPN Top 100. The 2017 recruiting class has four players from the area in the ESPN Top 100.

When it comes down to the girls, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina falls under Maryland. Notable players that has grabbed Division I schools eyes are Aisha Sheppard, who is going to Virginia Tech next season, and  St. Frances Nia Clouden. The junior, who was named the Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year, has Georgetown, Michigan, West Virginia, NC State and other schools looking at her.

Even though the rankings are focused on basketball, the DMV is known for producing DI talent in other sports like football, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball.

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Ryan McFadden, @RMcFadden15
Founder of Inside The Locker Room and Sports Editor for the Ionian. I write about the Washington Nationals for Federal Baseball. Iona College class of 2019 and proud DeMatha alum. Follow me on Twitter @RMcFadden15.

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