We’re in the throes of college basketball’s offseason. Last season ended four-and-a-half months ago, and next season’s still four months off. It is so tiresome.
Earlier in this long slog of a summer, we took longer looks at the first five years of Mark Turgeon’s tenure at Maryland: the on-court results and the recruiting progress. (The tl;dr on those: Maryland’s on-court gains have been slow but better the last two years, and the recruiting jump has been overwhelming.)
Now, we’re trying something new and fun. Because five years make for a nice, arbitrary endpoint, we’re holding voting on Maryland’s All-Mark Turgeon Team, which is exactly what it sounds like – our community picking the five best players from Turgeon’s first five years at Maryland, in such a way that those players could theoretically take the court together as an actual basketball team.
We’re going to run this series from Monday through Friday, because the number of days in the workweek beautifully coincides with the number of players allowed on the court at one time. The voting will start today with the selection of our first guard.
The rules are pretty simple: The highest vote-getter on the first day will be automatically on the team, and the rest of the guards will go back into the voting pool for any future rounds in which they are positionally eligible.
If the players spent time under both Turgeon and Gary Williams, you should consider their entire careers, because this is really about the players, not the coaches.
The breakdown is like this:
Monday: point guard
Tuesday: shooting guard/small forward
Wednesday: any guard/small forward
Thursday: power forward/center
Friday: power forward/center
On player classifications, we’ll make a few executive decisions as the voting wears on. You’ll find, for instance, that Jake Layman is considered a small forward, because he played more small than power forward during three of his four years. Etcetera.
To be eligible for inclusion, a player needs to have played 50 percent of Maryland’s total on-court minutes in one season, or 40 percent in two.
So, who’s ready? Let’s meet some candidates and get to our voting.
Terrell Stoglin, 2010-12
Stoglin was a talented scorer. He poured in 21.6 points per game in 2011-12, though his 41 percent shooting clip from the field suggested more of a volume bucket-getter than anything else. His assist numbers were always low, and he left the program after two years when he earned a suspension in April 2012.
Pe’Shon Howard, 2010-13
Howard had a strong freshman year in 2010-11. The numbers weren’t much, (5.4 points and 3.2 assists on 42 percent shooting) but Howard’s leadership and on-court savvy gave people optimism. He tore his ACL in February 2012 and missed much of his sophomore season, and he played poorly upon returning to the lineup in 2012-13. Howard transferred to USC before his senior season.
Seth Allen, 2012-14
Allen was the most immediately impactful member of Maryland’s heralded 2012 freshman class. He showed aptitude as a scorer and had a few big moments as a rookie, most specifically the two free throws he sank before the buzzer to lift Maryland over Duke in a February 2013 upset at Comcast Center. Allen missed the start of the 2013-14 season with an injury and transferred after his sophomore year.
Melo Trimble, 2014-current
Trimble has had a strong two-year run at Maryland, although his freshman season was more statistically successful than his first. His arrival has coincided (or not) with Maryland’s two-year NCAA Tournament run, and he’s averaged 16 points, four assists and four rebounds in 71 games. He has not missed a start. Read more about him!
So, there are your point guard candidates. Let’s do this thing.