Seth Allen deserves to get his shot as Maryland's starting point guard
By By Don Markus
The Baltimore Sun|
May 27, 2013 at 7:00 AM
There were times last season when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon begrudgingly turned his offense over to freshman point guard Seth Allen.
There were times when Turgeon looked like a genius because Allen looked like a future NBA player. There were games -- such as the home win over Duke -- when Allen won a game nearly singlehandedly (16 points in the second half) after nearly losing it singlehandedly (eight turnovers).
There were more games toward the end of the regular season and then after Allen broke his hand in a practice during the team's NIT run when Turgeon had to give the job back to junior Pe'Shon Howard. There was some thought that Howard would have to be the stopgap next season until incoming freshman Roddy Peters is ready.
There are some who compare Allen to Stoglin for being selfish, for taking bad shots, for not trusting his teammates. Allen took his share of terrible shots last season, but I chalked it up to him being a freshman.
Before last season began, Turgeon talked about Allen's "Olympic-caliber" speed and athletic ability. That might have been a bit of hyperbole, but I see a little of Louisville's Russ Smith in Allen and a little of former Michigan star Trey Burke as well.
For the Terps to have any chance of going to the NCAA tournament this season, Allen has to be more Burke than Smith. But just as Indiana used Jordan Hulls as its point guard until Yogi Ferrell was ready – then started them together – I can see the Terps doing the same with Allen and Peters.
Allen has virtually no chance of making the NBA as a shooting guard, so taking on the point guard respeonsibilities for a good chunk of his sophomore year will certainly add to his resume down the road. I can see Turgeon using both of them at the same time as Peters gets more comfortable.
Barton definitely would have been a better option than Allen, or at least safer option. But Allen is not a fallback plan for Turgeon to follow. It's interesting to follow Allen on Twitter. His Twitter page has a picture of Allen and Howard, his mentor.