Dez Wells Decision Thread

A decision from Xavier guard, Dez Wells is imminent.  It's between Maryland, Memphis and Oregon for Wells' services.   Dez spent the weekend in College Park taking in the William and Mary game and then retiring to Bentley's.  Wells tweeted his whole way through the festivities and it's clear he had a great time.  He even used the hashtag #terpnation at one point.  In other words, things are looking good.

In terms of talent, Wells was a top 75 recruit coming out last year.  He averaged nearly 6 points per game (CORRECTED TYPO: nearly 10 points per game) as a freshman and shot well from beyond the arc (38%). 

At 6'4", Wells is listed as a small forward, but that seems awful small to play upfront in the ACC.  My guess is he will filter in with Aronholt in backcourt as a shooting guard.  Either way, he's another scorer who will no doubt make the Terps more competitive in the wake of Stoglin's departure. 

If, that is, he is able to obtain a hardship from the NCAA and get eligible this season.  Otherwise, he'll join Smotcryz on the shelf until 2013-14.  I think he's got a decent shot given his history (he was expelled from Xavier despite having sexual assault charges against him dropped).

Regardless of whether he gets the exception, Turgeon is walking a tightrope with scholarships by my estimation.  I'm going to need some help on the math here, but I'm not sure there will be enough slots for the Harrison Twins if no underclassmen leave after the season (if Len has a breakout year, he's the most likely).  I'm sure I'm wrong because there is no way that Turgeon would do anything to jeopardize those two from donning Terp Red next season.

Let's assume for a minute that the scholarships are worked out and Wells is declared eligible for this season.  This year's Terps will be the most intriguing and mysterious one we've seen in decades.  Add up the departure of Stoglin, the return from injury of Pe'shon, the improvement of Len and Faust, and the newcomers Aronholt and Wells; who knows what to expect?  This team could be great or they could be disastrous.  My guess is with Turgeon at the helm, these Terps will be much better than anyone suspects.

Wells or not, I'm excited.  With him, I'm a lot more excited however.

Author: Jeremy | 9/3/2012 8:15:18 PM | Tags: recruiting, basketball, dez wells |

Terps Open Football Season Against William And Mary

Let's be honest.  No one really thinks these Terps are going to be much good this year.  I'd say all hope went out the door when CJ Brown got injured but that would be a lie.  My hope faded when Danny O'Brien transferred.  In order to be competitive, the Terps will need a similar freshman campaign out of one of these two fre [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/31/2012 9:03:30 PM | Tags: football |

Welcome Back Eric Hayes

It was announced today that Eric Hayes has joined the basketball team as a graduate assistant.  Who doesn't love that?  A coach's son, Hayes is the kind of player who you just knew would find his way into the coaching ranks himself one day.  Well, that day has come and I couldn't be happier. He knows the game like the back of his [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/27/2012 7:19:08 PM | Tags: basketball, eric hayes, coaching |

CJ Brown Is Out For The Year Thread

CJ Brown decided to end his season with a knee injury right about the same time that I was in back-to-back-to-back client meetings followed by an evening event in Minneapolis so I apologize for the late thread.  It's a big blow to the program considering Edsall clearly was building the offense around Brown's skill set.  That said, my [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 8/16/2012 9:04:31 PM |

Leaked Penn State Penalties

Here's a screenshot of what could be announced tomorrow. If true, the penalties are unprecedented.  It's hard to imagine but it now appears likely that there will be no football in State College in this year.  What's more, all current players will be allowed to transfer without penalty.  There will be no TV until 2015 and no footb [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 7/22/2012 10:12:40 PM | Tags: football, penn state scandal |

Kevin Anderson Is Probably Leaving

News outlets are reporting that Kevin Anderson is contract with Stanford University to take over the Athletic Department.  It'd be close to impossible to argue that Anderson's tenure has been a successful.  He's overseen an unprecedented drop in performance from both the football and basketball teams.  He fired the best football coac [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 7/16/2012 8:01:02 PM | Tags: kevin anderson, ad |

Back to the FSU Exit Thing

FSU currently runs about a $2M budget deficit. Over the past couple of years, according to the USA Today, FSU’s spending has outstripped its revenues by roughly $8M. This from a school that can’t even win the middling ACC. Burt Reynolds or Lee Corso must be their staff accountant. But let’s entertain the financial issues that FSU will face shou [...] Read More »

Author: WheelsRI | 6/6/2012 1:39:56 PM | Tags: contributor, fsu exit, deficit |

Meet The Terrapins: 7 New Basketball Recruits

Fresh faces and fresh hope. It is that time again when the Terrapins make their offers and the players say yay or nay. This year we are able to induce six brand new Terps players for the basketball team. They are, in alphabetical order, Seth Allen, Logan Aronhalt, Sam Cassell Jr., Shaquille Cleare, Damonte Dodd, Jake Layman and Charles Mitchell. S [...] Read More »

Author: Imogen | 6/1/2012 10:57:16 PM | Tags: basketball, recruiting |

Lax Championship Thread

I know precious little about Lacrosse; but I do have a rooting hierarchy.  Obviously, the Terps come first, forever and always.  After that, I root for Maryland-based schools in reverse order of their tradition of success.  As such, I root for Loyola over Hopkins and Navy and they give UMBC and Towson a run for their money too.  [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 5/27/2012 9:10:14 PM | Tags: lacrosse, ncaa championship, recruiting |

Maryland Becomes Boise State East

Get a good look at that, folks.  It could be the what you see when you walk into Byrd Stadium come September.  Nevermind that the product on this field is likely to compete 30% of its passes; we have new fancy artificial turf field. There is a fine line between being avant-garde and a laughingstock.  Personally, I don't think the [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 5/26/2012 7:53:07 AM | Tags: new field, football |
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