While the Maryland men's basketball staff waits on a decision from Memphis point guard transfer Antonio Barton, Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus this week took a look at the Terps' 2013-14 roster with and without the Lake Clifton graduate.
I have to assume Turgeon is bringing Barton in with the intention of starting him, or at least giving him every opportunity to start. That said, Barton and incoming freshman Roddy Peters should share a majority of the minutes at point guard.
Barton certainly gives the Terps something that they didn’t have with Pe’Shon Howard: a point guard who actually looks to shoot. Barton shot better than 47 percent from the field (and 42 percent on 3-pointers) his first two seasons before falling to around 40 percent his junior year when his minutes decreased.
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Perhaps the top three-point shooter in the EYBL along with Devin Mitchell, Dion Wiley is being recruited strongest by Maryland, Georgetown, Florida, Miami and Indiana. He is also considering Virginia, Virginia Tech and Florida State.
He said his current list includes Minnesota, Iowa State, Baylor, Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina, UCLA, UConn, Tennessee and others.
The guard played for Pitino last year at FIU, averaging 14.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 33.1 minutes a game. The 6-2, 170-pound junior, who has one year of eligibility left, is from Boston originally.
He will attend either Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., or Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.