All season, it seemed, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and leading scorer Terrell Stoglin had to work at getting to a place where each was comfortable.
Turgeon wanted the 6-foot guard to become a better teammate – to trust the other Terps more, particularly in crunch time. Stoglin had a tendency to take scoring upon himself, particularly if teammates didn’t convert opportunities early in games.
Sometimes, Stoglin’s solo efforts produced wins. Sometimes they didn’t.
This week, Turgeon talked to me in general terms about how it all ended up – with the sophomore being suspended last month and opting to leave early for the NBA draft.
I asked Turgeon how he felt. Was he sad for the sophomore? Angry? Frustrated?
“Probably just disappointed that we couldn’t make it right for him, couldn’t help him make better decisions,” Turgeon said.
Stoglin is not a bad kid. He’s a stubborn kid with some growing up to do. Turgeon said he and Stoglin had “an open and honest relationship.”
Stoglin has long been NBA-focused. The key to his accepting coaching seemed to hinge in part on whether he believed the instruction would help him achieve his goal of getting to the next level.
Maryland is losing a player who attempted a higher percentage of the team's total shots than almost anybody in the last 60 years.
Without Stoglin, Maryland will hope and expect for more scoring from the returnees – particularly Nick Faust and Alex Len. And there is a promising incoming class that I wrote about for today’s paper.
Turgeon said of incoming guards Sam Cassell Jr. and Seth Allen: “They both can play the point and they both can score. I don’t think either one is a true point guard or true '2.' But they have a feel for the game. Those two will play a lot of point for us, along with Pe’Shon (Howard) if he’s healthy.
“We’ve signed a bunch of guys that can score the ball,” the coach said. “How good of a team can it be? We’ll see. I expect this team, if it stays healthy, to continue to get better.”Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun