COLLEGE PARK ——Seth Allen wasn't quite satisfied.
Sure, the Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian combo guard is part of an incoming Maryland basketball class brimming with possibility.
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The class has inside strength in Shaquille Cleare, a 6-foot-9, 285-pound center from The Village School in Houston. "Shaq will be a good post defender because he is so big and strong," Turgeon said.
It has backcourt versatility in Allen and 6-foot-4 Sam Cassell Jr. Both can play point guard and score. Those skills are particularly valued because last season's leading scorer, sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin — who attempted more than twice as many field goals as any of his teammates — was suspended last month and opted to leave early for the NBA draft.
What the class lacks — besides the sort of seasoning that only comes with college experience — is a catchy nickname.
That void is what had Allen feeling like there was unfinished business. He's heard about one option — the "Crab Five" — but doesn't know what to make of it.
"On Twitter, I hear about the Crab Five. I don't know what that is," Allen said.
The class also includes bulky, 6-foot-8 Charles Mitchell from Marietta, Ga., and 6-foot-8 small forward Jake Layman from Wrentham, Mass.
Together, they form perhaps Maryland's most touted class since the ones that entered after the 2002 national championship season. Players such as Travis Garrison and Mike Jones failed to live up to lofty expectations.
This group's hallmark might be its confidence.
During last month's Capital Classic in Alexandria, Va., class members clowned with one another when they weren't on the floor. Wearing big smiles, the Maryland commitments draped their arms around one another when they saw a video camera and yelled, "Go Terps!"
"I had hoped and imagined it would click so quickly in just the few days we were together," Mitchell said later. "It was just what I imagined."
Layman did not participate because of tonsillitis. Others made ambitious projections about the season ahead.
"Years from now, I think they'll say this is the best class to come through Maryland" in a long time, Mitchell said. "They won an NCAA and ACC championship, and they set the expectations for Maryland basketball very high."
Apprised of Mitchell's remarks, Turgeon paused before saying: "I like his confidence."
But Turgeon isn't eager to see the class hyped. "I don't like to judge or talk about classes until their careers are over," he said.
The coach suggested he doesn't want to raise fans' expectations to unrealistic levels considering how young the team will be.
"You look at our roster, I think we're going to have 10 players on scholarship, and eight will be freshmen and sophomores," he said.