When Mark Turgeon took over for Gary Williams last season, fans were promised a greater recruiting effort.
It didn’t take long, as Maryland’s 2012 class is the best that the Terrapins have had in years. Scout.com ranked Maryland as having the 16th best 2012 class in the nation.
They landed big man Shaquille Cleare, who you’ll hear more about later in this slideshow.
Swingman Jake Layman could step into an important role immediately. At 6’8”, Layman has great athleticism and the ability to stretch the floor with his perimeter shooting, something Maryland lacked so desperately last season.
Seth Allen wasn’t as highly regarded, but he is a 6’2” guard from Virginia who can flat out shoot. Three-point shooting will go from a weakness to a strength with this year’s Terrapin roster.
In addition to landing Cleare, the Terps landed big man Charles Mitchell. While Mitchell is undersized for his position at 6’7”, he is a banger, plays defense, works to score and will provide a much-needed toughness for the Maryland frontcourt.
Last, but not least, the Terps will have Sam Cassell Jr., son of the former NBA guard. Cassell was only a three-star prospect coming out of high school, but he is a combo-guard who can score, play defense and has a great understanding of the game for someone his age.