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Some early thoughts on Maryland's lineup for 2015-16

The next Maryland basketball season is eight months away, which means there's plenty of time for the roster to change with a couple of more additions and, given the nature of the business, a couple of possible subtractions.

Yet with Friday's stunning news that five-star recruit Diamond Stone of Milwaukee had picked the Terps over the home state Wisconsin Badgers, now is as good a time to start daydreaming about the lineup Mark Turgeon will put out there.

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Obviously, a lot will hinge on Melo Trimble's decision whether to remain in College Park for his sophomore year or put his name into the draft. As of Saturday, nothing had been decided. But unless there's a sudden rush of interest among several NBA scouts and GMs for the 6-3 Trimble in the top half of the draft, look for him to be running the show again next season.

I'm sure that Stone didn't come to Maryland to come off the bench, so let's pencil him in at power forward, Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter at center and third-team all-Big Ten player Jake Layman back at his natural position at small forward.

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The biggest question mark is at shooting guard.

Technically, whoever gets the nod there will be replacing Richaud Pack, the hard-working fifth-year senior who stayed in the starting lineup most of the year because of his perimeter defense. But in reality, most will look at that spot as the replacement for Dez Wells.

Those are big shoes to fill, given what Wells meant to the program over his three seasons at Maryland and particularly to this season's team. From a statistical standpoint, Turgeon will replace Wells' 15.1 scoring average by committee – with Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens and maybe even Trimble when he moves over to play the 2 with the arrival of junior college point guard Jaylen Brantley.

As big an impact Nickens had as a freshman, I still see him being a 3-point spark off the bench, at either the 2 or the 3. Considering that Wiley's defense improved dramatically over the course of his freshman year, and he is also more capable of putting the ball on the floor more now than Nickens, I think he might have the best chance to start. It was something Turgeon seemed on the verge of doing early last season when Wells got hurt, but Wiley himself told the coach he wasn't ready.

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There's also the possibility that the Terps will add another fifth-year guy to fill the role. Damien Lee, who played at Calvert Hall with Jon Graham, is a possibility if he wants to leave Drexel after being the fifth-leading scorer in the country at over 21 points a game.

A lot can happen over the next few weeks and months. It wouldn't shock me if the sudden logjam upfront causes Damonte Dodd or Michal Cekovsky to start questioning their future as a Terp, but both will certainly be counted on to give depth and rim protection.

Turgeon will have to wait out Trimble's decision, but I believe that a player who showed his maturity on the court as a freshman will make a smart decision. Just for reminders, one of Turgeon's assistants or even Turgeon himself should remind Trimble what happened to Jordan Williams, who also thought he was going to be a first-round draft pick.

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