Top 25 Maryland Terrapin Basketball Players Since 1970

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Top 25 Maryland Terrapin Basketball Players Since 1970
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Maryland's Juan Dixon cuts down the net after the Terps' 64-52 victory over Indiana in the 2002 national title game.

The University of Maryland basketball program has produced some of the greatest players in not only the Atlantic Coast Conference, but all of college basketball.

Here is a subjective look at the top 25 Maryland Terrapins basketball players since 1970, along with honorable mentions.  Why 1970? Maryland had many great players before ’70, most notably All-Americans Louis Berger in the 1930s and Gene Shue in the 1950s.  But when Lefty Driesell arrived as coach in 1969, he ushered in a new era, leading Maryland to national prominence.  Teams led by Tom McMillen, Len Elmore, and John Lucas in the early ‘70s were among the best in the country. 

All-Americans Albert King and Buck Williams led Maryland to the 1980 ACC regular season title.

Then in the mid ‘80s there was the incomparable Len Bias.

Walt Williams helped save the program in the early 1990s.  Joe Smith was part of a group that got the Terps back to the NCAA tournament in 1994. That started a run of 11 straight NCAA appearances.

In 2002, coach Gary Williams led Maryland to its only national title behind the strong team play of Juan Dixon, Lonny Baxter, and Steve Blake.

Though the Terps have recently fallen on hard times, making only three NCAA tournaments in the past eight years, few programs have produced as many great players as Maryland has in the last four decades.

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