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Ieshia Small is ready to break through with Maryland women’s basketball

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Profiles in Terpage continues with a junior who’s finally getting her chance.

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Maryland women’s basketball opens its season against UMass Lowell on Nov. 13. Until then, we’re profiling everyone on the Terps’ roster.

Ieshia Small, redshirt junior, guard, 6’0, No. 1

Hometown: Miami, Fla.

High School: Florida State University HS

Twitter: @ieshiasmall24

Recruiting Ratings: Five stars, No. 19 overall, No. 3 wing, No. 3 player in Florida

Collegiate Stats: 2.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, .330 FG/.739 FT (65 games with Baylor)

How did she get to College Park?

Small was an All-American and the Gatorade Player of the Year in Florida in 2013. She spent two years at Baylor, but could never crack the rotation, starting just three games in two seasons. She transferred to Maryland in 2015, sitting out last season in accordance with NCAA rules. Small was a fixture on the scout team last year, but now she’s on the main squad.

2016-17 prospectus

Small has converted to point guard, even if that’s only by designation. She’ll be backing up freshman Destiny Slocum and splitting some minutes with freshman Sarah Myers, at least early on. Her game is a big question mark at this point, as she hasn’t played an official contest in some 19 months and changed schools, schemes and positions in the meantime. But her upside is there. Top-20 recruits don’t grow on trees.

What a dream season might look like

Small makes the most of her opportunity and becomes a two-way weapon off the bench (perhaps even making a couple starts). She shows everyone that the All-American talent is still there, and sets herself up for one final hurrah next year.

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