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MD practice  10/23

I am back for one day only. Jon Rothstein was at Comcast this morning and was basically live tweeting the practice:

Great early AM practice here at the Comcast Center. Fear the Turtle!

Leaving College Park with this thought --- Maryland is a postseason team. With Dez Wells equals NCAA --- without him means the bubble.

Impressed with Maryland's balance and depth. Terps four man freshman class changes the dimension of this team.

Jake Layman has a "Chandler Parsons" type feel to his game. Everything looks effortless. Really smooth for a SF.

Lots of really good players on Maryland but the only potential great one may be Alex Len. Much more polished in the low post than last year.

You can tell the Maryland staff just LOVES Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz. Really shooting the ball well. Impact newcomer in 13-14.

Pe'Shon Howard and Alex Len stabilize Maryland at PG and C. Terps have a number of guys that can rotate 2-4.

Would expect to rotate James Padgett, Charles Mitchell, + Shaq Cleare at PF. Terps have four capable bigs.

Enjoyed visiting w Maryland asst Scott Spinelli. Lots of horror stories of when he had to eat at The Olive Garden when working at Nebraska!

Maryland said he hopes to hear from the NCAA on Dez Wells in the next week. If Wells plays this year, this is an NCAA team.

. on Maryland "We're more of a team in all phases than we were last year. We're all on the same page."

. on Alex Len "He's physically and mentally tougher than he was last year. He's really improved his low post game."

. on Maryland's chemistry "You can't force chemistry but we have it. We're more balanced. We have more options."

. on Logan Aronhalt "You can't leave him open because of how well he shoots the ball. He'll open up driving lanes."

. on Shaq Cleare + Charles Mitchell "Both will play a lot. Shaq just needs to learn the system. Charles has a lot of game."

. on Seth Allen "He's probably the most ready out of all of our freshmen."

. on Jake Layman "He's smooth. He can shoot 3's and go off the dribble."

. on Nick Faust "He's going to play some PG. He's really worked on his shot. We need to get him back on the offensive boards."

. on Dez Wells "We're hoping to hear something this week. He's shot it better than I thought he would since he's been here."

Tough to project an early MD starting 5 but I'd say Howard and Len are near certainties. Wells is an obvious choice if he's cleared.

Leaving College Park with this thought --- Maryland is a postseason team. With Dez Wells equals NCAA --- without him means the bubble.

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