Jaime Kaiser Jr. commits to Maryland basketball

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The Maryland men’s basketball program secured the commitment of Jamie Kaiser Jr., a four-star prospect in the 2023 recruiting class, on Sunday afternoon. Kaiser chose the Terrapins more Indiana and Virginia.

Kaiser, a 6-foot-6 wing, is considered the No. 101 rookie nationally and Virginia’s 13th-best player, according to composite ratings from 247 Sports. Kaiser said during Sunday’s announcement that he had attended Maryland games since he was a freshman and wanted to help “bring the energy back” to the program.

Kaiser played at Bishop Ireton High in Alexandria last season and will finish his high school career at IMG Academy, the flagship program in Bradenton, Florida. Kaiser’s stock grew throughout the summer, with other top schools offering scholarships, but coach Kevin Willard was able to secure a commitment from the local prospect.

“It’s just a dream, going out in front of his hometown, playing in front of his people,” Kaiser said on a YouTube live stream after announcing his decision. “They are going to support you the most. Coach Willard said he was going to give me a big role right away, and that’s something I really wanted.

Kaiser is the highest-rated high school freshman Willard and his team have landed since taking over the program in the spring. Willard has bolstered his roster for the 2022-23 season mostly through transfers, but he’s also added a pair of freshmen: Noah Batchelor, a native of three-star wing Frederick, and Canadian center Caelum Swanton- Roger.

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As transfer becomes more common in college basketball, Willard said after he was hired that teams should be “extremely strategic” in adding transfers and “you can’t help but bring in freshmen.” talented year and develop these freshmen with your culture, your work ethic.

In the Class of 2023, Kaiser joins Jahnathan Lamothe, a 6-4 guard and three-star prospect from Baltimore. He is considered the 145th best rookie nationally and the 4th player from Maryland. (A year ago, he ranked in the top 50 in the 247 Sports composite rankings.) Kaiser and Lamothe are slated to debut for Maryland in the 2023-24 season.

Willard will have a busy senior roster this season that includes returning starters Donta Scott and Hakim Hart, as well as senior transfers Donald Carey (Georgetown) and Jahmir Young (Charlotte), so this recruiting class could be tasked with filling significant voids during Willard’s second. season. So far, he has two homegrown hopefuls in this group.

“If everyone stayed home, there would be tons of banners up there,” Kaiser said. The DC area has “the best of the best, but they all go to different places. I think if Coach Willard can keep guys like me and other players like [Lamothe]we really can do something special in College Park.

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