Maryland has nine scholarship players entering next season. It doesn’t mean new basketball coach Mark Turgeon will have only nine players.
Quite the contrary.
Maryland already has two walk-ons in the fold – John Auslander and Spencer Barks – and Turgeon hopes to have at least a full scout team to work with once the season gets underway.
“We’ll probably have open tryouts and probably add four more guys. …,” Turgeon said. “We had at least 16 every year at [Texas] A&M, sometimes 17. For injuries and energy and scout team and all that kind of stuff. I’m not going to go to practice with 11 guys, I don’t think. That’s not the plan. If we can’t find four guys who can help us and we can only find one, we’ll go with 12 and we’ll practice shorter and hopefully stay healthy. But we’ll see. Hopefully there’s a lot of good players walking around on campus who can help us.”
Maryland had a 13-man roster last season, though for practice purposes no more than 12 were available for most of the season as Ashton Pankey dealt with injuries and eventually season-ending surgery. Most of former coach Gary Williams‘ rosters featured 12 or 13 players.
Auslander, a 6-foot-7 forward, played in 25 games at Division III Greensboro College in 2009-10 before transferring to Maryland as a walk-on. Barks, a product of St. Albans, is also a forward in the 6-7 to 6-8 range.