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Random Friday Basketball Recruiting Game

You're Mark Turgeon. You have up to three scholarships to use this year, and another that will open up in 2014. (If zero scholarships were used in the 2012 class, 4 would be available in the '13 class; if three scholarships were used in 2012, one would be available in '13). Assume no attrition.

Hypothetically, say the Harrisons commit to Kentucky this morning. Out of the recruits Maryland has already been in contact with and/or stands a good chance at landing - Sam Cassell, Charles Mitchell, Marco Bourgault, Darrick Wood in 2012; Rysheed Jordan, Stanley Robinson, Kam Williams, Roddy Peters, BeeJay Anya, Dominic Woodson, Junior Etou, Rodney Bullock, etc. - who do you pick to fill out those scholarships? Assume, for the purposes of the game, you can land any of them.

I'd say: Cassell in '12; Jordan, Etou, Anya in '13. So next year, the roster would be:

1: Howard - Stoglin - Allen/Cassell
2: Stoglin - Faust - Allen/Cassell
3: Faust - Layman - Parker
4: Padgett - Len - Pankey
5: Len - Cleare

And the next year:

1: Howard/Jordan - Allen/Cassell
2: Stoglin - Faust - Allen/Cassell
3: Faust - Layman - Parker
4: Len - Pankey - Etou
5: Cleare - Anya - Len

Flexible, well-rounded team with a lot of experience and they won't be dead after Stoglin leaves (Jordan at the 1, rotate Faust down to the 2, insert Layman at the 3). The biggest question to me: Cassell is basically a replica of Allen (shooting-oriented combo guard) so does Maryland really need another Allen? That's pretty poor spacing. It's tough to say because Allen is such a wildcard. If he comes in ready to give 15 a game, the minutes might not be there for the perimeter players. If he's not, though, then Maryland will be in the same boat they find themselves in now. Ultimately, I made two trade-offs in this: Cassell now for Robinson/Williams (players I like better) in 2013; and Etou (a player I think is a better fit) in the future for Charles Mitchell now.

It's a silly game because it makes a lot of assumptions and it's 99% sure to never, ever happen. But it's a fun way to pass the time. Go.

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