Terps add Cassell Jr. to incoming class

Baltimore native Sam Casell Jr. (Notre Dame Prep) made his college choice on Sunday and decided he will stay home and play for Maryland, according to numerous reports.

Cassell, the son of former NBA point guard Sam Cassell, chose the Terps over South Florida, Connecticut and Central Florida, among others.

"The hometown school definitely won out," his AAU coach Carlton Carrington told the Baltimore Sun. "I know Sam has had an affection for the University of Maryland. He has a good relationship with Coach Bino (Ranson). I know that they had identified him in the summer time. And they have been very, very persistent. Coach (Mark) Turgeon identified him along with Bino. Once the head coach gets involved, it's hard to get away."

Cassell joins an incoming class ranked No. 15 on ESPN.com and features center Shaquille Cleare (Houston/The Village School), small forward Jake Layman (Wrentham, Mass./King Philip Regional H.S.), center Charles Mitchell (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler H.S.), shooting guard Seth Allen (Fredericksburg, Va./Fredericksburg Christian School) and center Damonte Dodd (Centerville, Md./Queen Annes County H.S.).