A mere week ago, it seemed our primary focus for the 2015 basketball recruiting class was bigs: Another center and a power forward. Now, with the exodus of Roddy Peters
, point guard would seem to be a more urgent need.
After this coming season, we'll be losing Dez Wells and Evan Smotrycz. Dez's spot is covered (we hope) by a combination of Jared Nickens and Dion Wiley; and with the addition of Michal Cekovsky, Smo's loss is somewhat mitigated.
As it stands now, to start the 2015-16 season - and this could change before I'm finished this fanpost - we'll have Charles Mitchell
(senior), Damonte Dodd
(junior), Trayvon Reed (sophomore), Cekovsky (sophomore), and Jake Layman
(senior) for the 4 and 5 spots. Seth Allen
(senior), Dion Wiley (sophomore), Layman, and Nickens sophomore) at the wings; and Romelo Trimble (sophomore), and Allen at the point.
Suddenly, we're in dire need of a point guard in the 2015 class; and there are precious few who are currently seriously considering the Terps, according to Maryland 247.
Am I way off base here, or do we need to redouble our efforts to find a point guard in next year's class? Per Maryland 247, Allonzo Trier (4* from Montrose Christian), is the highest-rated PG target, and he's a Georgetown lean. Malik Ellison, curiously, is no longer listed for UMD on 247. Four-star targets Bryant Crawford (Indiana) and Jalen Adams
(Kansas and UConn) appear to be leaning away from College Park.
There is another option: We could bring in a JUCO PG in the 2014 class, which would bridge the gap to the 2016 class, in which we're in pretty good shape with locals Anthony Cowen and Randall Broddie.
So, should the coaching staff start redoubling their efforts for a PG in the 2015 class, or go with a JUCO PG (assuming we can get one)? How important is it now to get 7'1" Georgios Papagiannis in 2015; or should our focus remain on getting a quality PF? It makes my head hurt, and it makes me glad I'm not Maryland's head coach right about now.
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