At least two incoming freshmen are expected to play significant roles next season: Melo Trimble, a McDonald’s All-American who many expect to step in and start at point guard; also 7-1 ½ center Trayvon Reed, who could be the kind of shot-blocker that the Terps have faced all too often this season.
I would also love to see what Jake Layman can do if he played more on the wing and set up less in the corner. You saw some of Layman’s athleticism against Florida State on Thursday when he faked his jumper and drove across the lane and dunked, or when he got out on the break and dunked.
Some of what Turgeon will do could be dictated by Evan Smotrycz’s back injury, which kept the junior on the bench in Greensboro. I know Turgeon won’t do anything to risk further injury, and unless Smotrycz is completely healthy, I think Turgeon shouldn’t jeopardize the forward’s future – and his team’s – in the NIT.
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I know it will be difficult for Turgeon not to try to win the NIT, but Maryland fans are not going to view this season any differently than they do already. It’s been a disappointing year – admittedly one of the most diffiicult in Turgeon’s 16-year career – and holding up a trophy at Madison Square Garden is not going to mean the same thing that it would have a year ago.
What's next for Dez Wells?
Jonas Shaffer: This is admittedly an open-ended question. It's a choose-your-own-adventure kind of question.
What's next for Dez Wells? He'll return to his place and his schoolwork in College Park, having fallen in the second round of the ACC tournament, and await word of the Terps' next opponent, if there is a next opponent this season. Maryland was projected as a No. 4 seed in one National Invitation Tournament bracket as of last week. That should be safe enough.
What's next for Dez Wells? With a U.S. District Court Judge on Wednesday upholding much of his lawsuit against Xavier, the former Musketeers star likely will take his old school to court over his expulsion and the subsequent fallout from 2012 sexual-assault charges. Only minor claims were thrown out, meaning Wells' legal odyssey is still far from over.
What's next for Dez Wells? It's not the NBA. Not reasonably, anyway. Wells is nearing the end of his best collegiate season — 14.8 points per game, third-team All-ACC honors, et cetera — but that changes little about who he is. Which is to say: a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who this season has shot only 30.2 percent from 3-point range and averaged more turnovers (2.5) than assists (2.3) per game. He is not listed among the 60 picks in two separate 2014 NBA mock drafts. Nor is his name anywhere in the 2015 projections.
So what's next for Dez Wells? This season has been a battle, an adventure. These next days, weeks and months will be no different.