The headline poses a question, and a good one at that.
Is Terrell Stoglin the best freshman scorer Maryland has uncovered since Joe Smith?
Sunday’s 28-point blitz at North Carolina was only the latest of Stoglin’s scoring surges. He has 332 points for the season, including 124 over his last six outings (20.7 per game).
Put another way, Stoglin was cruising along at just a tick over nine points a game entering a Feb. 9 date with Longwood. He’s up to a season average of 11.4 points, a sharp rise for this deep into the schedule.
“He’s a tough little guy,” coach Gary Williams said. “He really has grown up playing against bigger people for a long time. He’s figured out how to get some shots off that the average player his size probably couldn’t get off. He’ll look bad sometimes, but I’ve said this before, any great I’ve ever had … he’s going to take some shots you don’t like but he’s also going to do some things to win you some games.”
He collected his second straight ACC rookie of the week award on Monday, a night after generating a bit of darkhorse ACC rookie of the year buzz in front of the assembled Carolina media.
It is a race with no outright favorite, though based upon traditional voting patterns (leaning toward scorers on good teams) the Tar Heels’ Harrison Barnes would seem the most likely choice over teammate Kendall Marshall, Wake Forest’s Travis McKie, N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie and Stoglin.
Still, Stoglin is making a compelling case. With three games of at least 25 points in a 13-day span, he matched the number of 25-point outings by Maryland freshmen over the previous 16-plus seasons.
And Sunday’s performance at the Dean Dome tied for the most points a Maryland freshman scored since Smith had 29 points against Saint Louis in the 1994 NCAA tournament first round (see chart below).
The Terps’ best freshman scorer since Smith? At this point, it sounds about right.
MARYLAND FRESHMEN, MOST POINTS IN A GAME SINCE 1994-95
28: Lonny Baxter (Dec. 23, 1998 vs. North Texas)
28: Terrell Stoglin (Feb. 27, 2011 at North Carolina)
27: Drew Nicholas (Nov. 22, 1999 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson)
25: Mike Jones (Jan. 6, 2004 vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore)
25: Terrell Stoglin (Feb. 15, 2011 at Virginia Tech)
25: Terrell Stoglin (Feb. 20, 2011 vs. N.C. State)
22: Laron Profit (March 4, 1996 vs. Florida State)
21: Jordan Williams (March 19, 2010 vs. Houston —- NCAA tournament)
20: Terence Morris (Dec. 22, 1997 vs. UNC Asheville)
19: Laron Profit (March 8, 1996 vs. Duke—-ACC tournament)
19: Sean Mosley (Feb. 3, 2009 at North Carolina)
19: Jordan Williams (Dec. 9, 2009 vs. Villanova)
19: Jordan Williams (Feb. 17, 2010 at N.C. State)
18: Sarunas Jasikevicius (Dec. 23, 1994 vs. Morgan State)
18: Juan Dixon (Jan. 31, 1999 at Wake Forest)
18: Lonny Baxter (March 5, 1999 vs. Florida State—-ACC tournament)
18: James Gist (March 5, 2005 at Virginia Tech)
18: Greivis Vasquez (Feb. 11, 2007 vs. Duke)
18: Terrell Stoglin (Dec. 8, 2010 vs. UNC Greensboro)
—- Patrick Stevens