Indiana got one of 2023 guard DeShawn Harris-Smith’s last visits, but his next trip to Bloomington appears likely to be made in an opposing uniform.
On3 national analyst Jamie Shaw joined on Monday a growing chorus of voices who believe Harris-Smith will end up with Maryland.
If their intel is accurate, Harris-Smith would be the second straight Washington D.C. metro area prospect IU lost to the Terrapins, following wing Jamie Kaiser just a couple weeks ago. It would also highlight a reversal in recruiting fortunes by Maryland under first-year head coach Kevin Willard.
“Willard and his staff built a great relationship with Harris-Smith as a central figure looking toward the program’s future,” Shaw wrote, giving Maryland a 90 percent chance to seal the deal.
Harris-Smith left the IU campus on July 30 with a strong impression and much to think about. But his good friend Kaiser chose Maryland a couple days later, and we believe that pushed Harris-Smith in the same direction, along with a more clear path to early playing time and the chance to stay close to home.
Harris-Smith told The Daily Hoosier he was targeting a late August decision, and that still seems to be the case. (Update: Harris-Smith will announce his decision on Wednesday according to multiple reports.) Shaw has generally been accurate when calling recruitments in the late stages, and he is well connected in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.
IU’s main target in the 2023 high school class appears to be Georgia center/forward Arrinten Page. The 6-foot-9 Page is also expected to announce a decision in the next few weeks.
Currently IU has two commits in the 2023 class — combo guard Jakai Newton, and point guard Gabe Cupps.
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