Now the Terps Men's Bball roster is looking thin for the second year in a row. Turgeon may be a great coach, but its hard to work with a thin roster especially when you dont have five "firm" starters or senior leadership to lean on. With Ashton Pankey transferring this makes the total count to 3 this offseason. Youth will soon become veterans this upcoming season. I am not trying to be repetitive with this post, but I know there has been some confussion on the scholarship issue once again, and now there are enough for the Harrisons to attend without shipping someone off.
If you take the loss of Stoglin, Parker and Pankey from transfer, suspensions and premature NBA dreams, this free's up 2 more scholarships for 2013. Also we do have a Senior, James Padgett will be leaving which brings the total of available scholarships to 3 for 2013. This allows Turge and Company to go after the Harrisons and others as hard knowing that they are not limited to a couple of openings. I think this plays a bigger role in the consideration and decision making process of the actual target, knowing that there are more openings on the roster.
To give you a further breakdown:
Freshman: Allen, Cassell, Cleare, Dodd, Layman, Mitchell
Sophmores: Faust, Len
Transfers: Smotrycz (Eligible 2013 as a Junior)
This gives us 11 scholarship players for 2012, with only 10 available to play. With Pankey now leaving I truly believes this effects the Dodd redshirting situation. With only 2 post players with college experience, I would find it hard for Turge to redshirt Dodd only having 2 backups for two positions. I think this means that Maryland will have all 6 freshman play this year.
What are you thoughts on the latest roster breakdown? Does Turge redshirt Dodd or let him play right away? Who do you think the Terps land/target now having the 3 scholarship opening?