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.

Seth Allen
The man first on our list also happens to be the first new recruit of Mark Turgeon’s reign as Terps coach. Standing six-two, Allen played combo guard for Fredericksburg Christian in Virginia. Born in Fairfax, Allen is rated as a three star prospect by most talent sites such as 247sports.com and scout.com.

It has not all been plain sailing for the 17 year old however. Despite being Turgeon’s first pick he has had to overcome some big injury problems. During a December work out last year he broke a bone in his left hand. At first doctors thought it might end his career, but Allen took his medicine, worked on the hand and now his grip is improving day by day. He missed 13 games, but was able to help his school’s run to the semi-finals of his area’s post-season.

Logan Aronhalt
Last season Aronhalt played for Albany, scored 13 points and got six rebounds against the Terps, but Albany ended up losing by 11 points. For Aronhalt, it was inspirational. Never before had he played in front of such a great crowd, in such an atmosphere and against such a quality team. In short, he wanted part of the action. As the season ended he had a decision to make, where to finish his college basketball career? He chose Maryland. Aronholt, who graduated Albany with a 3.78 GPA and a major in biology, will now study on Maryland’s kinesiology program while playing for the Terps. With the Terps mostly relying on young new players, it will be down to veterans like Aronhalt to provide some leadership on the court.

Sam Cassell Jr.
For Sam Casell Jr. it was not about the study program necessarily or having played against the Terps earlier in his college career, for him, playing for the Terps has been a childhood dream. That dream has grown since he saw how excited Baltimore got when Maryland won the national championships in 2002. Back then he was just 9 years old, but the dream of helping his home state repeat that triumph stayed with him.

The 6-4 point guard was wanted in Florida and Pittsburgh and is rated a three-star prospect, but there was no way he was going to turn down the Terps. The Terps reckon Caseell will help pick up some of Terrell Stoglin’s points.

Shaquille Cleare
The Terps can now claim to have the Shaq, this time it is not O’Neil, but Shaquille Cleare. He has been amazed by how welcoming Terps fans have been on Twitter. Standing a mighty 6’8 1/2, the Shaq hails from the Bahamas and used to play for Village School in Houston before enrolling in Maryland. He’s looking forward to being the centerpiece of the Maryland team as well as playing alongside Cassell, Allen, Mitchell and Damonte Dodd. He’ll play 4 or 5 for the team. Clear is ranked a four-star prospect for the Terps.

Damonte Dodd
Dodd, all six foot nine of him, signed up for the Terps back in February and knows Cleare from their All-Star game earlier in the year. Always a lanky fellow, Dodds added some muscle to his frame and turned from an awkward player to someone who is awkward to play against. Now he knows all about how to use his body, space and positioning on the court to win his team points. Expect big things.

Jake Layman
Another hot prospect is small forward Jake Layman from Massachusetts. He is 6’8, 195 pounds and has a good reputation, plus relatives in Maryland who helped him know all about that 2002 national championship. He is also rated a four star prospect, so it is a little strange to see the Terps as one of the last colleges to approach Layman about playing for them. Lucky for them then, that he’d not made a decision and gone somewhere else. Before joining up with the Terps, Layman will be competing to get into the U.S. national U-18 team next month.

Charles Mitchell
Yet another four star prospect is power forward Charles Mitchell from Atlanta, Georgia. The 6’8 forward weights in at 265 and if he slims down a little, will be an able back up to senior power forward James Padgett. When not playing he is sure to be the kind of character that gets people going and gets them smiling. With prospects like these seven new Terps, good weather between games, it makes you want to get a nice chopper, renew that motorcycle insurance, and get out on the highway for some awesome touring come the new basketball season.

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 |

Logan Aronhalt Transfer To Maryland

University of Albany shooting guard Logan Aronhalt has transferred to the Maryland.  He's entering as a grad student and thus will be eligible right away.  Aronhalt is sharpshooter who has consistently hit 35% of his threes the last two seasons.  He's 6'3" and will definitely help with scoring. The Terps desperately need pro [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 5/20/2012 9:26:08 PM | Tags: logan aronhalt, recruiting, basketball |

NU Wildcats?

As the only BCS conference member still waiting to dance, Northwestern University's Wildcats (NU) may look like a cupcake B10 matchup come November. But with 4 straight NIT appearances maaaybe they're worth a second look. Coach Bill Carmody, former Princeton coach, has 13 seasons under his belt with mostly forgettable results(until recently). NU h [...] Read More »

Author: gbx79 | 5/15/2012 1:29:45 PM | Tags: contributor, nu wildcats, basketball, b10 tourney |

Pankey Is Gone Too

Ashton Pankey just tweeted that he is also leaving the University.  Pankey is the third player to transfer in the last month.  While Stoglin (I'm still smarting) and Parker left because they prefer ganja to basketball; Pankey's decision seems to be related more to family issues.  Future playing time may have also been a considera [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 5/15/2012 1:06:24 PM | Tags: ashton pankey, transfers |

Terrell Stoglin Leaves Maryland

It's a bombshell, and seemingly out of leftfield; but it's true.  Terrell Stoglin is leaving the University of Maryland after two seasons.  Apparently, he never bought into Turgeon's system and the coach's view for their future together. The result is that Stoglin has been encouraged to leave the program.  It's shocking, but Mark [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 4/30/2012 8:23:22 AM | Tags: terrell stoglin, mark turgeon, nba draft |

Sam Cassell Jr Re-ups With Maryland

It's a great day for Maryland as Sam Cassell Jr made it official before the tipoff of the Capitol Classic this evening.  Turgeon will now have s 7 new players suiting up for Midnight Madness.   Smotrycz won't play during the season but the rest will.  I expect Sam Jr to play a big role.  His improved dramatically each y [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 4/21/2012 8:14:51 PM | Tags: recruiting, basketball, sam cassell jr |

Michigan Transfer Evan Smotrycz To Take Official Visit To Maryland

 Apparently, Michigan sophomore starting forward Evan Smotrycz is fed up with UM that he wants to transfer to UM.  Smotrycz (no idea how to pronounce his name) helped lead Michigan to the NCAA Tournament this year.  He averaged 7.7ppg, shot 43% 3PT and nabbed 4.9rpg.  He's narrowed his choices to Maryland, Providence, and Colora [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 4/12/2012 9:18:34 PM | Tags: recruiting, basketball, evan smotrycz |

Calipari to NBA?

Let's hope the rumors and speculation are true about Calipari's future endeavors.  If he moves to the NBA, (I've even heard a rumor that if the Wizards get the #1 pick and select Anthony Davis; Calipari will bolt to reunite with the aforementioned Davis and former UK phenom, John Wall) the Terps will benefit greatly. Since it's widely known t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 4/4/2012 12:06:15 PM |
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