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Pankey

In a recent fanpost, tiimbitz suggests that Dodd's commitment foreshadows attrition of some sort. Many in the comments section of that post have suggested that Ashton Pankey will be the one to transfer, though I just don't see that happening. Keep in mind he is only a RS Freshman and is also getting significant minutes, not to mention the fact that he has had spurts of good-if-not-great play.

Commenters are also indicating that they have been dissatisfied with Pankey's defense in the low post. While he certainly has room to improve in that regard, he is also the only big body that we have at this point that is ready and willing to bang with the big dogs. And he has been fairly successful at that (when the guy isn't an NBA caliber 7-footer, a la Tyler Zeller).

Case in point: Reggie Johnson, a preseason candidate for ACC Player of the Year, went 1-5 against Maryland, with Pankey guarding him the majority of the game. Granted, Johnson only played 15 minutes, but Pankey's toughness and tenacity really got him off his game. So kudos to Pankey for that.

As for speculation regarding who the transfer may be, please be cautious. We all know where careless speculation has gotten us in the past: nowhere. (See: Stephenson, Lance; Leach, Mike; and Miller, Sean.)

So rather than assuming that Turge is bringing in Dodd because of attrition, let's trust that he has found a diamond in the rough that could turn into a solid contributor by his junior and senior years. I for one welcome Damonte Dodd to TerpNation with open arms!

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