Last weekend, Sam Cassell Jr. (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) became the sixth player to commit to Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon in the Class of 2012.
However, just 48 hours later, his father, former NBA star and current Washington Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell, refuted claims of his son’s commitment.
On Sunday night, I caught up with the Notre Dame Prep star to clear up the situation.
Cassell confirmed that he did in fact commit to Maryland last weekend, but reconsidered his decision soon afterward.
“I think I was just rushing,” he said of his initial decision. “When I did it, I realized that I didn’t have a chance to look anywhere else. I just wanted to take some visits.”
The first of those visits will begin on Thursday when Cassell will travel to South Florida.
He is also planning on visiting Florida State, although he said he doesn’t have a date planned as of yet. A third visit to Villanova remains a possibility.
Cassell said that Maryland, who he last visited in January for a game, is very much still a possibility.
“I just wanted some other schools to compare it to,” he said.
Cassell Jr. said he has no timeline for a final decision but that he will pick from among Maryland, South Florida, Florida State and Villanova.
He is coming off a big senior season for Notre Dame Prep, where he established himself as one of the best available scoring guards in the Northeast, and although he played primarily off the ball for the entire season, he’s still considered to be someone who has the potential to slide over and play the point at the next level.