As loaded as Maryland's starting lineup will be, it's going to need contributions from its bench, including from sophomores Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens.
Wiley, a 6'4 guard, had an underwhelming freshman campaign, finding himself at the end of the rotation, where he went through some streaky shooting stretches. However, coach Mark Turgeon still found time for the guard, who appeared in all 35 games and played above his season-average minutes in both of the Terps' NCAA Tournament games.
He was thought to be primarily a scorer, but averaged just 4 points per game and got to the foul line for 1 free-throw attempt in 13.5 minutes, on average.
Wiley expects he will be used differently this season to take advantage of his strengths, most notably his power and shiftiness with the ball. He dropped at least 10 pounds over the summer with help from acclaimed trainer Kyle Tarp and intends to use his improved body more at the rim than from deep, where he shot just 32.9 percent.
Nickens played a slightly larger role than his classmate last season, scoring 6.1 points per game and firing at 39 percent from behind the arc.
The 6'7 wing was used in somewhat of a sixth-man role but remained predictable on the floor, almost strictly used as a 3-point shooter, with nearly 80 percent of his field goal attempts coming from deep.
Both four-star recruits have a lot to prove heading into one of the most anticipated seasons in Maryland basketball history, and both will have to show they've made improvements in the offseason to guarantee minutes on this year's talented team.
Testudo Times had a chance to talk to Wiley and Nickens at Maryland's basketball media day about their expected roles, goals for the season and about playing behind one of the nation's best perimeter defenders, Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon.
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