MARYLAND — Maryland Basketball recruiting ranks are down for the season, but Maryland basketball recruiting rankings are rising.
Maryland ranks fourth in the nation in total recruits.
It has three all-time Big Ten players in guard-forward T.J. Leaf, point guard Jodie Evans and forward Jahlil Okafor.
The Maryland roster has eight players ranked in the top 10 nationally and 11 in the country in recruiting class.
Maryland is second in the ACC and first in the Big Ten, according to the recruiting rankings compiled by USA Today.
The top four are:Okafor (12), Leaf (10), Evans (10) and Leaf (9).
Leaf, who was named Big Ten Player of the Year last season, is one of five Maryland players to win a national championship in his three seasons.
He also led the Terrapins to the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and 2015.
Evans, who is Maryland’s first all-freshman All-American since the school’s 1979 national title team, is the nation’s No. 1-ranked player and the nation�s No. 6 recruit.
He is ranked in ESPN�s Top 25, according the recruiting website Rivals.
The other four Maryland players are Oka for the Terps, Evans for the Scarlet Knights and Oka Foray, the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
The five are ranked in Rivals� Top 100.
Marylanders freshman guard-center Alex Nwambu, a three-star recruit from West Virginia, is ranked No. 4 in the ESPN 300, according 247Sports.
He averaged 17.4 points and 6.3 rebounds for the Mountaineers last season.
A 6-foot-4 guard, Evans is the No, 4-star player in the 2019 class and is considered the top recruit in the state of West Virginia.
He led the Mountains to a 31-10 record and an NCAA tournament berth in 2016-17.
The Mountaineer also is the top prospect in Indiana, according ESPN.
Nwamburu is rated the No