Sam Cassell Jr Commits To Terps

Today, the final tickets to the 2012 Final Four were punched, and perhaps, the Terps took the first step to getting back there. 

Sam Cassell Jr, a slick combo guard with fabulous blood lines became a Terp today. Mark Turgeon now has six committed recruits for 2012. With Cassell, they now have two guards (Allen and SCJ), three forwards (Mitchell, Dodd, Layman), and a center (Cleare).

With seven returning players, the Terps will have 13 able-bodied men to begin next season.  They will be young, big and talented.  And interesting.


With Cassell, the Terps get an athletic guard with a nice mid range game and some quickness.  Think his father merged with Rip Hamilton. He's not classified as a Top 100 recruit but he's a high major D-I player. We got a good one.

This is easily one of the Terps best recruiting classes this century.  Outside of 2003, no class will be higher rated. The Terps have three top 100 guys (Cleare, Layman, and Mitchell), an athletic combo guard on the rise, and two intriguing local players with great potential.  

What remains to be seen is how will these six newcomers blend with the returning seven guys?  Will Pankey and Padgett maintain their starting roles?  Will they be discouraged and regress if Mitchell and Cleare supplant them?  What about Len?  Will he make The Leap with a clogged front court of six big men?  

It all remains to be seen.  One thing is for sure, Turgeon and staff are surely done with 2012.  As we look to 2013, a top flight point guard is the number one priority. Whether it comes in the form of one of the Harrison's or someone else, it should be the main focus of the summer.





Author: Jeremy | 3/25/2012 7:09:59 PM | Tags: recruiting, basketball, 2012 |

Meet Ian Baker

 The Terps seem to finally be addressing the gaping hole at the point guard slot next year.  Yes, Pe'Shon Howard will be back and (presumably) healthy; but Turgeon needs a floor general who can get all of next year's assets involved in the halfcourt.  Baker might not be the immediate answer; but he is a high major project who dec [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/14/2012 11:00:55 AM | Tags: recruiting, basketball |

Terps Attempt Dragonslaying vs UNC And Charles Mitchell Commits

 Today was a great day for the Terps.  Maryland played what was arguably its most complete game of the season beating Wake Forest by 20 points.  The bigger story is, of course, that the Terps nabbed their third Top 100 recruit of the class in Charles Mitchell. Mitchell is a 6'8" 250lb power forward.  He'll give us the kind [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/8/2012 9:02:18 PM | Tags: unc, acc tournament, quarterfinals, basketball |

ACC Tournament Thread Day One; Wake Forest Beckons

 The Terps limp into the ACC Tournament after a brutal OT loss at home to Virginia.  The loss encapsulated the entire ACC season.  Close but no cigar.  This Terps team can compete with just about anyone (sans UNC and Duke); but they seem incapable of closing out good teams.  It's incredibly frustrating, but this about w [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/7/2012 8:02:13 PM | Tags: wake forest, acc tournament, first round |

Terps End Regular Season Vs Virginia

 The Terps limp into the season finale against Virginia today.  Consecutive road losses have damaged what by most accounts has been a successful first season for Mark Turgeon. A win today would put a nice little bow on the year. A loss and I think we'll all have a bad taste in our mouths that the ACC Tournament is not likely to fix. The [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/3/2012 8:26:31 PM | Tags: uva, basketball, thread |

Terps Visit UNC For Last Shot At Glory

 This weekend's horrific loss at Georgia Tech torpedoed what was left of any slim hope to get an at-large bid.  What remains is for the Terps to start improving on demonstrating their ability to compete consistently with the best teams in the country.  UNC offers them this chance. On paper, the Tarheels are the most talented in team [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/29/2012 10:22:11 AM | Tags: unc, thread, basketball |

Terps Visit Georgia Tech

 The Terps travel to the worst team in the ACC this afternoon with a chance to get to .500 in the conference.  It's been a hard road for Turgeon and the Terps.  There have been injuries, suspensions, and a non-existent student body.  Yet, they've persevered.   The most encouraging sign to me is that the Terps played a [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/24/2012 10:12:13 PM | Tags: georgia tech, basketball, thread |

Terps Get Big Win Vs Miami 75-70

That was a big win for Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins.  The PATHETIC home crowd notwithstanding, the Terps came through in the clutch.  It was heartening to see.  Good teams improve as the season goes on and that is what happened this evening.  Instead of the last 5 minutes being the Terrell Stoglin show, the Terps [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/21/2012 8:09:42 PM | Tags: miami, basketball, recap |

Miami Q&A and Game Thread

The last time the Terps played Miami, the good folks at Category6 were kind enough to participate in a Q&A about the game.  Well, we've reprised the format for the rematch.  We'll start with my questions and Cat6's responses end with the reverse.  Category6 has cross-posted this on their site as well. Here goes:  TS: Th [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/21/2012 8:56:56 AM | Tags: miami, thread, qa, basketball |

Maryland Heads To UVA For Big Clash

 The Terps are getting better.  Despite losing PeShon Howard, the Terps cruised past BC on Thursday in what may have been their most complete game of the season.  The Terps got out in front early and they were able to maintain the lead for the entire game. Virginia, on the other hand, is coming off back to back losses including a do [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 2/18/2012 8:38:33 AM | Tags: uva, thread, basketball |
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