[Baltimore Sun] Derik Queen, a Baltimore native committed to Maryland, is named co-MVP of McDonald’s All American Game

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The game was played in Houston, but Maryland won.

Not in the literal sense, of course, but Maryland men’s basketball and its fans surely enjoyed the show Derik Queen put on Tuesday night at the McDonald’s All American Game.

The Terps’ highest-rated recruit since Diamond Stone in 2015, Queen was named co-Most Valuable Player of the prestigious high school showcase after totaling a game-high 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting, with eight rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks while leading the East team to an 88-86 victory. He shared the award with Dylan Harper, a Rutgers commit.

Derik Queen kicks the McDAAG off with a quick 4.

Live on ESPN @derikqueen1 | @TerrapinHoops pic.twitter.com/FLCjRHPkbb

— SportsCenter NEXT (@SCNext) April 3, 2024

The Terps will welcome Queen, a five-star recruit from Baltimore who spent his freshman year at St. Frances before transferring to Florida power Montverde Academy, with open arms after losing four players to the transfer portal this offseason. He showed Tuesday night what he’s capable of against the country’s top high school seniors.

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The 6-foot-10, 245-pound center dominated from the start, scoring the first four points of the game and continuing to show off his well-rounded game from there. Queen, who ranks No. 10 nationally in the 2024 ESPN 100, No. 12 by 247Sports and No. 15 by Rivals, showed a soft touch in the paint and ran the court for a layup after one of his three steals. He had only one turnover in 23 minutes.

Queen figures to be a key part of what could be a dominant frontcourt for Maryland next season. Julian Reese, a Randallstown native and St. Frances graduate, said last week that he plans to return to College Park for his senior season.

The Terps are losing All-Big Ten selection Jahmir Young and starting forward Donta Scott to graduation, as well as Jamie Kaiser Jr., Noah Batchelor, Caelum Swanton-Rodger and Jahnathan Lamothe to the transfer portal. To offset the losses, Maryland brought in Rodney Rice, a former four-star guard who compiled 7.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in eight appearances over two seasons for Virginia Tech, and Ja’Kobi Gillespie, a sophomore point guard who averaged 17.2 points, 4.2 assists and 3.8 rebounds this past winter at Belmont.

But after Tuesday night’s performance, all eyes will be on Queen come next season.

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