The Dez Wells point guard experiment is not over. But Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said today that freshman Roddy Peters is the team’s best option at the position.
“Roddy is our best point guard offensively, and he’s getting better defensively,” Turgeon told reporters as the team prepared for Thursday night’s game at Boston College – the season’s first Atlantic Coast Conference contest.
“I loved the way he finished the [George Washington] game. He stepped up and made those free throws like he was just shooting in the park or shooting in an empty gym."
Wells was pressed into service at point guard when sophomore Seth Allen broke his foot before the season. He is expected back in January.
“I think Dez is a better player because he’s off the ball now,” Turgeon said. “Dez is still going to play a little bit of point, but not as much. Hopefully Roddy can stay out of foul trouble and play well and guard well.”
Peters had 11 points and three assists in 19 minutes in Sunday’s 77-75 loss to George Washington.
Peters leads the team in assists with 30 and is averaging 6.2 points per game.
“He’s been huge,” forward Jonathan Graham said of Peters. “He’s made some very, very clutch plays. You know, I’m very proud of him. He’s come a long way for a freshman.”