There might not be much that will draw heavy scrutiny about Maryland’s basketball team in coach Mark Turgeon‘s first year.
After all, he starts the season with seven available scholarship players and expectations are substantially tempered.
But one thing certain to draw some attention will be just how Turgeon and Terrell Stoglin, his point guard by necessity, co-exist.
The major lesson of Stoglin’s freshman year was two-pronged: He’s capable of some truly impressive things, but chances are there will be a forced pass or a quick-trigger shot included somewhere along the way.
The good usually outweighs the bad, and it did in Friday’s exhibition defeat of Northwood. Stoglin put up 23 points, five rebounds, five assists, five turnovers and two steals on 7-for-18 shooting.
He managed only five points in the first half, but hit two 3-pointers once Northwood narrowed a 19-point deficit to a 69-66 margin in the middle of the second half. The Seahawks never again got closer than five points in the 89-84 loss.
“Terrell just tries to do to much,” Turgeon said. “One-on-threes and one-on-fours … whenever he has to take seven or eight dribbles to get a shot, it’s probably not a good thing for everybody concerned. We’re just trying to get that corrected. He was much better today than he was in our first scrimmage. Much better. Terrell made two big plays for us. Big plays. When we couldn’t do anything, he made two big plays.”
Stoglin played nearly 17 minutes in the second half, but found himself on the wrong end of a quick hook a few times before the break as he attempted to settle in early. Stoglin was 2-for-9 from the floor in the first half.
“I knew exactly what I was doing,” Stoglin said. “I was thinking too much at the beginning of the game. I was trying to get myself going instead of my teammates. Coach just reminded me I have to get my teammates involved and my game will come along, so he just pulled me out and reminded me of that.”
—- Patrick Stevens