The Maryland Terrapins basketball program reached a peak in 2002, when Gary Williams led a senior heavy team to their first National Championship and placed the University of Maryland in the national spotlight. Since winning the National championship the Terps have been back to the NCAA tournament only 5 times in a 12 year span including only once advancing to the sweet sixteen.
The two time ACC coach of the Year, Williams, retired after the 2010-2011 season paving the way for the hire of Mark Turgeon, who has led the Terps to only one NIT appearance in his 3 seasons and it appears the 2014-2015 season could be a lost season as already there have been four players who have transfer out of the basketball program and not to mention they will be leaving the top heavy ACC for the stacked Big Ten.
When one player transfer from a college to another it usually is because of going to a bigger school or maybe didn’t see eye to eye with the Coach about playing time but when four players declare they intend to transfer in one offseason a red flag goes up and the blame generally shifts to the Coach.
As the Terrapins missed both the NCAA tournament along with the NIT tournament in the 2013-2014 season it was thought that was worst they could do and things had to be on the rise however shortly after the season ended guard Seth Allen, forward Nick Faust, center Shaq Cleare, and guard Roddy Peters all declared they were leaving the team and intended on transferring. Seth Allen was easily the most devastating loss to the team as he averaged 13.4 point per game and was set to take over the as the main scoring guard for the team and to make matters worse he will be transferring to Virginia Tech. The loss of Seth Allen and Nick Faust will have the team scrambling to find offense as those two combined for 35.6% of the teams scoring last season.
The Terps will head into the Big Ten with almost a complete new looking roster as the team will have 11 scholarship players and five of them being freshman. The Terps could be faced with struggles early as they are coming into a new conference that had six teams make the NCAA tournament last season including three teams that made the elite eight.
Turgeon was the coach who headlined his first news conference with the Terps by answering the question of “what kind of basketball do you coach?” with the confident statement of “I coach winning basketball”. With just a record of 59-43 to go along with no NCAA tournament appearances, Turgeon might want to start implementing that “winning basketball” in Maryland if they wish to compete in the Big Ten in the coming seasons.