One more thing: Turgeon played his starters and a couple of subs a lot longer than he wanted to against George Mason, given that Maryland should have secured the win a lot earlier than it did. Not that Len, Wells and James Padgett need the rest, but they will be a lot fresher once the ACC schedule starts next month.
The one thing the upcoming stretch doesn't do is give Turgeon's team a chance to build its NCAA tournament resume. Right now, all the Terps have to show is a road win at Northwestern and a win over a George Mason team that's been a solid contender in the Colonial Athletic Association.
I guess we'll have to wait a month to see how good the Terps really are, because the next five games aren't going to prove anything.
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Roddy Peters will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery later this month, according to The Washington Post. Where does that leave the Maryland commitment for next year?
Matt Bracken: A big summer for Peters that saw him star with D.C. Assault on the AAU circuit, impress at the NBPA Top 100 Camp and land offers from several high-major programs featured one significant negative: the Terps commitment damaged ligaments in his shoulder.
Peters planned to play through the pain during his senior season at Suitland, but revealed his intentions to have shoulder surgery this week on his Instagram account. The announcement came hours after the Rams’ 72-63 loss to Wise. Peters, who scored 16 points in the defeat, later texted the Post to say that he planned to play five more games before having surgery.
Giving up his senior year had to have been an unbelievably difficult decision. As the Post noted in its high school boys basketball preview this week, guys like Peters are rare commodities these days. The vast majority of high-major players from the D.C. area over the past several years have played in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (or another competitive private school league) or left the area altogether for a place like Oak Hill.
But Peters stayed loyal to Suitland High and Rams coach George McClure. With offers from Maryland, Georgetown, UCLA, Memphis, Kansas and many others, there was really no reason for him to leave behind his friends and teammates to chase a private-school title. Though he won’t be able to go after a state crown now, at least Peters will spend his last year of high school in a place where he’s comfortable.
Trying to labor through this season only would have lessened the likelihood of Peters making an impact as a freshman for the Terps. But getting surgery out of the way this month should provide Peters – who’s shooting for a June return – enough recovery time.
Where he fits in with Maryland next fall remains to be seen. Pe’Shon Howard (24.8 minutes per game) and Seth Allen (20.8 mpg) will return, while Logan Aronhalt (10 mpg) is gone. If he’s 100 percent healthy, Peters is probably too talented to not see the floor, whether it’s backing up the 1 or the 2. Maryland has options next year, and I think it’s reasonable to envision a scenario where Peters is called on for instant offense off the bench.
There will be plenty of time for Maryland to figure out the best way to use Peters, but credit the future Terp for making the tough decision to forgo his senior season and focus on his future in College Park.