Analyzing Maryland's 2013-14 men's basketball season player by player
With the 2013-14 season in the books, beat reporter Don Markus analyzes the ups and downs of each of Maryland's key players this season and projects what's next as they prepare for 2014-15.
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DAMONTE DODD( Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports / January 7, 2014 )
High points: Based on what Turgeon and others around the team said, the 6-9 freshman might have looked his best in practice, which could say something about the level of competition among Maryland's big men. He had his best game when he scored six points and had four rebounds in the first half of a loss at North Carolina State, but showed only a few flashes after that.
Low points: Dodd's low point might have come when he was called on early to replace Charles Mitchell in a late-season loss at Clemson. He was pulled after less than a minute when he made a couple of mistakes. He needs to learn how to finish around the basket and missed some easy dunks and follows. Those who watched him in high school on the Eastern Shore say he's better offensively than he showed.
What's ahead: Much of Dodd's immediate future revolves around the arrival and subsequent development of incoming freshmen Trayvon Reed and Michal Cekovsky, which could hamper Dodd's ability to get on the court next season. With good coaching, he could become another Bambale Osby for the Terps. Without it, he could become Will Bowers.