Usually when a college basketball team loses an all-conference player and it’s leading scorer, that team is expected to get worse.
In the case of the University of Maryland and guard Terrell Stoglin, that may not be so.
On Monday, the university announced that Stoglin and former player Mychal Parker had been suspended by the school for violating the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.
Stoglin has declared for the NBA Draft and Parker announced last month that we was leaving the program.
After leading the ACC in scoring, Stoglin was named to the All-ACC second team. I asked coach Mark Turgeon back in March if his sophomore guard should have made first team. Turgeon felt that a second team selection was appropriate mainly because of his team’s 17-15 record.
While Stoglin was a proven scorer this past year, his team play left a lot to be desired. Often times his shoot-first mentality disrupted the Maryland offense. An offense that–with the lack of a true point guard–was out of sync.
In Alex Len, James Padgett, Ashton Pankey and incoming frosh Shaq Cleare and Charles Mitchell, Turgeon has plenty of big bodies to man the low post.
He would like a guard that will get them the ball.
Sam Cassell, Jr. and Seth Allen are two freshman coming into the program who will both get a chance to contribute immediately. Nick Faust ,an ACC All-Freshman team selection, got plenty of time at the point this past season, as well.
For Stoglin, his future is now uncertain. He’s nice kid and , hopefully, will get himself back on the right path.
For Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins, Terrell Stoglin’s 21.6 PPG will be missed.
They will not, however, miss the selfishness and may be a better team without him.