We're two days into voting on the All-Mark Turgeon Team, an offseason thought exercise in which we're naming a "starting five" for the coach's first five years helming the Maryland men's basketball program.
So far, Melo Trimble is the point guard and Dez Wells has secured a spot as a shooting guard/wing. Now we're filling out the backcourt. Here's a refresher on the rules:
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: Melo Trimble
Tuesday: Dez Wells
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.
All these candidates have already shown up on a ballot, so we're just giving you their little profile capsules again. We're including every eligible point guard (because two-point guard sets can be fun!) and shooting guard or small forward, so this lineup can be what you want it to be.
And at the bottom, we'll vote. Democracy is a beautiful project.
Sean Mosley, 2008-12
Turgeon only had Mosley for one year, but you should consider Mosley's entire body of work at Maryland. He had a strong four-year run by just about any metric. He wasn't an amazing scorer, but he was more than competent, and he always rebounded well. Offensively, his best season was his sophomore year in 2009-10, when Mosley shot better than 50 percent from the field and averaged 10 points.
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.
Nick Faust, 2011-14
Faust was Maryland's hot freshman in Turgeon's first season on the job, having committed under Gary Williams and elected to stay around. He was never efficient, but he managed nearly double-digit scoring averages and was a strong rebounder from either the backcourt or the wing. Faust transferred after the 2013-14 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.
Layman was a four-year contributor whose game improved virtually every year, sort of in the idealistic mold people put together in their minds for college athletes. He was by far at his worst as a freshman, made steady strides as a sophomore and then played at roughly an all-conference level for his final two seasons. He went to the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round of this year's NBA Draft.
Richaud Pack, 2014-15
Pack's stay at Maryland was a short one, as he came to College Park on a one-year graduate transfer. But he helped Maryland a good bit in his 35 games, serving as a complement to guards Wells and Melo Trimble.
Jared Nickens, 2014-present
Nickens has become Maryland's primary three-point gunner in his first two seasons. His points per game (6.1) and three-point success (39 percent) both fell off noticeably in his sophomore season. He's a catch-and-shoot specialist, and he went cold in the middle of the 2015-16 season, but he's had some high points, too.
Rasheed Sulaimon, 2015-16
Sulaimon only played one year at Maryland, coming, like Pack, as a graduate transfer. Sulaimon wasn't a master of any particular trade at Maryland, but he had a strong overall season and acted as the team's best perimeter defender. After becoming the first player Mike Krzyzewski ever kicked off one of his Duke teams the season before, Sulaimon was – by every account so far – a model citizen and leader for the Terrapins.
So, let’s vote. Who joins Trimble on the All-Turgeon Team?