Returning Players - First Look At The Starters

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It goes without saying that Jordan's continued development (let alone his return to the University for his junior season) are crucial for the Terps to have any success next season. 

While his return is now an open question; I'm working under the assumption that Jordan Williams will be back in College Park next season.  There are just too many factors working against him (he's not even on 2nd round draft boards; the impending NBA lockout; his lack of a face up game; he's only 6'8", and others). 

Jordan needs to continue to work on his conditioning.  That goes without saying.  His better conditioning arguably was the most important factor in his improvement this year.

Additionally, Jordan needs to hone the following skills:

- Passing out of the double-team.  Let's face it; Jordan was at times a black hole this season.  He routinely forced shots while two or more defenders were draped all over him.  Granted, he probably had little faith that his guards could knock down the open jumper; but Jordan needs to learn to always make the right pass within the flow of the offense.
- Face-up game.  If Jordan wants to play in the NBA; he needs to have a wider array of offensive weapons.  Granted, Jordan's post moves are varied and "old school" in the best possible way; but that is not enough in the NBA.  If he can work on taking his defender off the dribble; Jordan would be a lottery pick.
- 10-12 foot jumper.  A jumper probably should be a part of the "Face-Up Game bullet; but I am separating it out because I think it is the most important thing he can do to improve his repertoire.  Developing that jumper will change the dynamic of the offense.  It will free up dribble drives for Terrell Stoglin and P'shon Howard.  If defenders have to respect Jordan from as far out as 12 feet; he'll have the chance to use the dribble drive as well.
- Defense.  Jordan was an All-ACC offensive player this year.  His defense was at best, suspect.  He took plays off.  ACC big men feasted on the Terps this year.  Even Mason Plumlee had a career game against Jordan.  If Jordan wants to make it to the NBA; he needs to be a force on both ends of the floor.

Terrell Stoglin

By all accounts, Terrell Stoglin turned in one of the best freshman campaigns in recent Terp history.  If you have doubts about that, consider the fact Stoglin's points per game average dwarf those of Greivis Vasquez, Jordan Williams, Juan Dixon, and Len Bias.  That's not to say that I'm expecting that he becomes a transcendent player like the others have; but the potential is there.  The off-season question becomes, can Stoglin harvest his potential? What does he need to do to take his game to the next level?

- Court Vision. Stoglin has electrifying speed and a knack for getting to the rack in traffic.  Unfortunately, he lacks point guard quality court vision.  Terrell has a tendency to take matters into his own hands too often.  In high school, he was the best player for miles around and was forced to take games over.  At Maryland, he'll have the best returning big man in the conference (hopefully).  The offense runs through Jordan Williams first. Stoglin needs to become more comfortable with the flex offense and how to properly get the team into Gary's sets.

- Shot selection.  Off balance threes and one on three drives to the basket aren't going to work.  Ever.  Stoglin sometimes feels the need to take the game over and the Terps are worse for his efforts.

- Defense.  His defense was awful last year.  It's one of the key reasons the Terps fell apart down the stretch.  The Terps back court let opposing guards destroy them.  Stoglin should lead the league in steals with his quickness if he focuses on it.

Sean Mosley

Where does one start?  Sean Mosley had an intensely disappointing junior season. He shot 25% from three point range.  I doubt you can find a shooting guard anywhere in Division I with a worst 3PT percentage.  Mosley also turned the ball over way too much.  He almost led the team in turnovers.  For a shooting guard, it's unacceptable.  In short, Mosley needs to be a better shooter and make better decisions.  At this point in his career; I'm not sure he is capable of either.
Author: Jeremy | 3/28/2011 2:11:52 PM |

Returning Players - First Look At The Backcourt Bench

Before I continue the discussion about next year; I want to make it clear that I don't plan on discussing the future of Jordan Williams.  Everything that has been said through blogs and twitter is hearsay at this point.  Jordan hasn't said anything publicly.  It is routine for rising sophomores and juniors to test the NBA waters in w [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/24/2011 11:03:19 AM |

Returning Players - First Look

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Author: Jeremy | 3/22/2011 5:44:36 PM |

Justin Anderson Commits To Maryland

The Montrose Christian Twitter feed (@MontroseHoops) made it official.  Justin Anderson committed to Maryland today.  Anderson is an athletic freak who can play above the rim which something that Maryland has lacked in recent seasons.  - ESPN lists him as the #50th best recruit in 2012 class. - Rivals lists him as the #43 [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/17/2011 12:30:20 PM |

Justin Anderson Commitment Thread

The Terps could land their first major signing for the 2012 class today.  Justin Anderson is expected to announce his college choice on Comcast Sports Washington this afternoon. It is widely expected that Anderson will choose Maryland over UNC and UVA.  He's likely passing on UNC because the Tarheels just got a verbal from combo guard [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/17/2011 7:08:25 AM |

Morning Links

If it were possible to summarize the sentiments of the fan base through a three minute cartoon; these guys did it: <object width="480" height="390"><param name="movie" value="http://www.xtranormal.com/site_media/players/jwplayer.swf"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" valu [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/15/2011 7:17:00 AM |

Terps Not Good Enough For NIT

Before the floodgates of self-immolation open; let's remember that, for the first time, the NIT reserved 14 bids to regular season conference champions that did not qualify for the NCAAs.   Basically, the Terps would likely have been "invited" in previous years; but the rule change likely left them out. Still, that means tha [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/13/2011 6:19:16 PM |

It's Over

As per usual, Maryland killed themselves tonight.  The lack of composure at the free throw line (by the Terps best player) was inexcusable.  It prevented the Terps from getting over the hump and demoralized everyone. 2-10 in the biggest game of the season?  Please. Speaking of 2-10, that's what the Terps next best player shot fro [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/11/2011 8:04:43 PM |

ACC Quarters: It Always Comes Down To Duke

Well, here we are - again.  The Terps entire season is on the line tonight against our hated nemesis.  A win could literally salvage a disappointing season; but it won't be easy or likely. The Terps will need much steadier performances from the freshman guard tandem of Stoglin and Howard.  Another six turnover effort will surely [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/11/2011 9:23:08 AM |

Terps Can't Put NC State Away But Win Anyway

NC State shot 2-17 from three.  That won't happen tomorrow against Duke. NC State took a whopping 80 shots. The Terps actually outrebounded NC State 43-42; but State had 17 offensive rebounds to Maryland's 10.  The Terps also turned the ball over 15 times to State's 8.  If NC State could shoot worth a lick; we'd have gotten blo [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 3/10/2011 7:21:51 PM | Tags: nc state, acc tournament |
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