Terrell Stoglin announced today that he would be leaving the University of Maryland and entering the 2012 NBA draft. This obviously comes as a shock because only a month ago he basically declared that after looking into the NBA draft, he decided to come back to school for at least one more season. So at first this decision makes no sense. Then today the University of Maryland announced that Stoglin and Mychal Parker would have been suspended this season for breaking a school rule. Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said this “Being a University of Maryland student-athlete carries a tremendous honor and responsibility, as much as we appreciate the effort these two young men gave to the program this season, they were unable to live up to that responsibility. We’re disappointed, but hope they use this as a learning experience.” Obviously whatever they did was a major offense because being suspended for an entire season is a pretty huge punishment, especially for it to come down and the school’s most well-known athlete. Either way this is a bad situation for the Terps and Stoglin.
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.
Coming off a big home win versus Miami, Maryland looks to continue their winning ways against Georgia Tech. The Terps have not win two in a row since the middle of January. The Yellow Jackets are without their leading scorer Glen Rice Jr. who is currently suspended. One player to look out for on Tech is Sophmore forward Kammeon Holsey who has had 30 points over the last two games. This could be an ugly game with both team ranking in the three hundreds in assists. For the Terps, Mychal Parker has been playing well as of late and I think his athleticism will make a big difference in this game. I expect Maryland to put the clamps down defensively and to pull away early for a 65 to 49 win.
Our Turtles fought hard today but they still came up short at Cameron Indoor 73-55. Duke came out ice-cold to begin the game going 1 for their first 10. Unfortunately, Maryland was unable to capitalize, only leading by 6. Eventually Duke started making shots, but Maryland still hung around for a while as they were only down by 4 with about 8 minutes left. From there though the Devils went on a 20-6 run to end the game and put away the Terrapins. The Plumlee brothers dominated us as expected combining for 29 pts and 33 rebounds as Padgett, Len, and Pankey once again couldn’t hang with those guys. However I think there was a silver lining in this game as Pankey and Faust both had solid games going for double digits. I think this game will definitely help UMD in the future as it gets these young freshman time in the most hostile environment with the coaches putting the ball in their hands asking them to make plays. With Howard out, Stoglin and Faust were asked to take the point guard duties and while they did well for them, Howards’ absence was definitely obvious as we relegated to 1 on 1′s with Faust, Stoglin, and Parker way too much. Right now it’s just really tough to win against this team when we have no presence in the post. Someday we will with Len, but not today. While we did get the loss today, I still think it was a good learning experience for our young freshman. Untill next time, Go Terps!