Terps Forward Mychal Parker has announced in a letter that he will be transferring from the University of Maryland. He cited lack of future playing time as the reason and it seems Turgeon let him know that his opportunities would be limited. As someone who is a Parker fan, I am saddened by the news but realize that it is probably the best thing for both sides. He will get a chance to develop on a better situation and the Terps will be able to recruit harder with an extra scholarship. With the decommitment of Sam Cassell Jr. and this transfer, the Terps have eleven scholarship players this year and ten next year. It seems likely that either Cassell and/ or a possible transfer will be added between now and the start of the season. Turgeon is looking at Michigan Forward Evan Smotrycz as his top transfer target. He is a stretch four and has started a number of games for the Wolverines in the last two years. He would provide a dimension that the Terps do not currently possess with his size and shooting. This has been a busy late season recruiting season for the Terps as they try to make it back to the NCAA tournament.
The Maryland Terrapins have signed their sixth prospect for 2012 with the signing of Sam Cassell Jr. The son of a former NBA player Sam Cassell, he has playmaking ability that will help the Terps in the upcoming year. You can check out his highlights at here. From that video and various scouting reports, it is clear Cassell is a big time scorer who can help with the ball handling duties. This will be big for the Terps as their only real point guard type is Pe’Shon Howard and he has had injury issues. Also Cassell would likely become one of the best outside shooters for the Terps along with Terrell Stoglin and fellow freshmen Seth Allen and Jake Layman. Finally, Cassell is from the Baltimore area and this signing shows how far Turgeon and his staff is willing to shore up the local area. This is most likely the last signing for the Terps and I must say I like how this team looks and expect big things for the Terps.
Today Terrell Stoglin announced that he is returning to Maryland after a brief flirtation with the NBA. As I mentioned in yesterday’s season review, this was quite inevitable. Stoglin is simply not at the level of a NBA player despite being a 2nd team All-ACC performer this year. In order to get to that level he needs to work on his point guard skills as he projects to be a that position at the next level. It may surprise some fans but the best NBA prospect on the Terps is probably Center Alex Len. Stoglin is the best college player on the roster and his coming back keeps Maryland in contention for a possible NCAA bid. After two years of no postseason play that would be great for the impatient Maryland fan base.
Unfortunately for Maryland fans, the basketball season has come to an end. The Terps were not selected to play in the NIT tournament this year and declined an invitation to the CBI (college basketball invitational) due to monetary concerns. Basically in the CBI if you want to host a game you have to shell out the money to sponsor that event and that can cost upwards of 75,000 dollars and Maryland decided it wasn’t worth that much to get the little exposure that the CBI produces. Of course there was a chance they would have played all road games in the CBI tournament, but Terps officials were not willing to take that chance and I can’t really say I blame them with their money situation. It would have been nice to get our young guys some more playing time and help them develop and mature even more, but it is not the end of the world and we can now look forward to what should be a much better season next year.
Of the many storylines involved with the Maryland Terrapins basketball team this season, one of my favorite ones is the emergence of Nick Faust. For those who don’t know Faust, he is a freshman at Maryland who was highly ranked and recruited coming out of City High School right here in Baltimore (I believe he was ranked somewhere in the 30′s nationally). What all the scouts were saying was that he was a long shooting guard that score and score a lot. Unfortunately, for the most part of this season he was not the player that everyone expected him to be.