Looking at the Terps ’11-’12 Roster & Recruiting Ahead
When we thought Jordan Williams was returning for his Junior season, with an incoming Freshman class of Nick Faust, Martin Breunig, and Sterling Gibbs; we anticipated the University of Maryland’s 2011-12 Men’s Basketball team finishing within the Top 4 of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and being among the Top 25 Nationally.
When it became known that Williams would not be back, we stated that it was still a team with some skill – but a team that we would project to be on the outside of the NCAA Bubble.
With Sterling Gibbs announcing for the University of Texas, and Maryland apparently not in-play to retain Breunig – it is time for another look at the 2011-12 roster.
Guards: Stoglin, Howard, Faust
SF: Mosley, Palsson, Parker
Bigs: Padgett, Weijs, Pankey
With 9 guys, everyone has to play significant minutes. I think you can expect each of the SF’s to play minutes up at the 4. I don’t know Turgeon and his tendancies well enough to really gauge how he will handle this. I do know that had success at A&M with a smaller lineup.
What I would personally like to see is a starting line-up of:
Stoglin, Howard, Faust, Parker, Weijs.
With Stoglin and Howard being the only guards capable of running the offense, he might not want both of them starting. Chris Knoche thinks Mosley could make the most sense playing up at the 4. (http://baltimoresportsandlife.com/?p=2484) It is probably likely that the Senior starts.
The only one of the 9 players I can’t see starting is Pankey. After his leg troubles the past two years, the only goal with him will be getting him to stay part of the regular rotation and contribute consistently. With only 3 ‘bigs’, I’d prefer if two of them do not start together.
In our recent interview (http://baltimoresportsandlife.com/?p=2467) with Jay Bilas (ESPN), Mike DeCourcy (Sporting News), and Jason King (Yahoo Sports) those analysts stated Coach Turgeon’s teams play disciplined, tough physical defense, value possessions, get high quality looks on offense, provide max effort, do not beat themselves, and get the most out of their talent. All of those superlatives are going to have to be proven true for the ’11-’12 Terps to be competitive. In my eyes, Faust and Parker have to produce from Day 1 next year for the Terps to be competitive at all next year.
Looking past next season, Justin Anderson announced this week that he would no longer be part of Maryland’s 2012 class, and would in fact be committing to the University of Virgina.
Without Anderson, that means the only 2012 commitment the Terps have is Seth Allen. Obviously, this will be the last year for Mosley and Weijs. This means that as of today, the 2012-13 roster looks like:
Guards: Stoglin, Howard, Faust, Allen
SF: Palsson, Parker
Bigs: Padgett, Pankey
That means Maryland has 5 additional scholarships available (if Turgeon and his staff decided to use all of them, which they will not) for the Class of ’12.
Jeff Ermann and Inside MD Sports recently detailed (http://maryland.247sports.com/Article/Maryland-Remains-the-Top-Choice-for-Recruit-Shaquille-Cleare-26236) that Maryland remains the top choice for Center Shaquille Cleare.
On tops of all things recruiting, Ermann has also reported that the Terps have got back involved with SF Arnaud Adala Moto as a replacement for Anderson, and that 5 Star PF Mitch McGary (http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/recruiting/player/_/id/66847/mitch-mcgary) is planning on visiting College Park.
Other names with ’12 to consider, Amile Jefferson, and Jerami Grant.
As I mentioned above, MD would have as many as 5 additional scholarships to use for the Class of ’12 if so desired. Practically, they are not going to use each of those for the upcoming class. With that in-mind, here is a list of the Top 60 Class of 2013 Recruits according to ESPN: http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/recruiting/rankings/_/class/2013
Have to see what happens with the ’12 Class first, but certainly the Harrison Brothers, Anya, Britt, and Carr should be kept in-mind.