Maryland Basketball: Report Card for Mark Turgeon on 2013 Recruiting Trail
Fresh off of a well-rounded, quartet recruiting class in 2012, it was a fairly quiet journey on Maryland's 2013 recruiting trail.
Just before the beginning of the current season, coach Mark Turgeon and the Terrapins just missed out on nabbing the coveted Harrison Twins, who committed to Kentucky.
Shortly after, local point guard Roddy Peters signed with Maryland, joining former class of 2012 member Damonte Dodd to form a solid freshman duo for the 2013-14 season.
Peters, a consensus 4-star prospect, is ranked as the 52nd-best player in his class, according to ESPN.
Dodd, a late bloomer who headed to prep school this season, is listed as a 3-star prospect.
While this diminutive class comes off as underwhelming and seemingly unsatisfactory, Mark Turgeon should be praised for understanding his team's circumstances.
For the majority of the 2013 recruiting period, Turgeon had to hold out two scholarships in case Andrew and Aaron Harrison decided to attend Maryland. This interfered with Turgeon's ability to be flexible in his recruiting process, knowing he had limited space on his roster.
While Maryland's tandem of signees boasts neither quantity nor major quality, it fills major needs for a Terps squad with numerous glaring issues going forward.
In dire need of a point guard, Maryland will surely benefit from the services of 6'4'' lead guard Peters. He's aggressive entering the lane and knows how to find his teammates once in the lane.
Looking ahead to next year, Maryland will graduate 6'8'' James Padgett and likely lose 7'1'' center Alex Len to the NBA.
With just Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare returning as legitimate post threats, the addition of lanky, 6'9'' center Damonte Dodd will bolster the Terrapins' depleted frontcourt.
Turgeon also understood that his 2014 recruiting class carried far more potential than his 2013 class. Saving scholarships would enable Turgeon to recruit with endless freedom come next winter.
Maryland has already landed local combo guard Romelo Trimble, and is considered to be a lead horse in the sweepstakes for Dion Wiley, a 5-star shooting guard from in-state.
The Terps are also involved with the recruitments of 5-star Rashad Vaughn, and 4-stars Dwayne Morgan, Phil Booth, Abdul Malik-Abu, Kaleb Joseph and Obi Enechionyia.
Factor in that Maryland also corralled junior Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz—a proven, reliable stretch-four sharpshooter—and it is clear that while flying under-the-radar, Mark Turgeon has set up the Terps nicely for the future.
Overall, I would give Turgeon a commendable B+ grade for his efforts on the 2013 recruiting trail.
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