Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin acknowledged he was disappointed with being left off the all-ACC first team despite leading the ACC in scoring.
“It was very disappointing, but at the same time I want to use that as motivation to do better,” Stoglin said. “I can’t complain about it, so I’m just looking forward from there.”
Stoglin was only the fifth leading scorer in the conference’s 59-year history to be left off the first team, and the first since Clemson’s Terrell McIntyre in 1999.
Maryland lost its last three games and finished 16-14 overall and 6-10 in the ACC.
“It’s a teaching moment for all of out guys that usually the guys who make first team, their team wins; 6-10 wasn’t good enough,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “If we could have been 8-8, I think Terrell would have been first team. I really do. We’re a close loss at Georgia Tech and a close loss at home [to Virginia] from being 8-8 and everybody’s talking about how good we are or what a great year it’s been for this young team.But we’re not, so he’s second team and it’s a chance for me to tell him there’s more to basketball than scoring.”
Added Stoglin: “I think it’s obvious now that winning is pretty important. I learned that and it’s something I can just take and get better at.”
For his part, Turgeon expressed shock at the result based on the electorate rather than simply Stoglin’s exclusion.
“I was kind of surprised because media voted on it here,” Turgeon said. “Coaches, I would have understood second team or third team because they see the game. But media, I thought they would put him on first team, to be quite honest with you.”
—- Patrick Stevens