In Mark Turgeon’s first two weeks at Maryland, he’s secured the services of guard Nick Faust and seen Sterling Gibbs leave for Texas.
The upshot is the Terrapins have just nine scholarship players for next season. And it might stay that way.
Turgeon said Tuesday despite some obvious needs (read: size), he won’t necessarily rummage around the big-man bargain bin if he can’t get a useful player out of the foray.
“That’s the million dollar question,” Turgeon said. “We’d like to add a piece, but it has to be the right piece. I’m not going to add a stiff to add a stiff. We’re going to be very selective. It’s obvious we need a player with length to compete in the ACC next year. If you get the job in the middle of May, it’s tough to add that piece. We’ll see. We’ve got a lot of things going on. If we can, we will add someone. If not, we’ll save the scholarship for 2012.”
For those interested, here is Maryland’s scholarship roster for 2011-12 at the moment. Without any attrition, Turgeon would have up to six scholarships to play with for the Terps’ class of 2012:
SENIORS (2): G Sean Mosley, C Berend Weijs
JUNIORS (1): F James Padgett
SOPHOMORES (4): G Pe’Shon Howard, F Hauk Palsson, G Mychal Parker, G Terrell Stoglin
FRESHMEN (2): G Nick Faust, F Ashton Pankey (RS)