Maryland NCAA Tournament Bound In 2010-11?

DeAnte MitchellCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2010

Maryland Terrapins hold a (10-5) record and are currently 7th in the ACC with a (1-1) record. Their ability to score a lot of points keeps them a contender in the ACC. They’ve averaged 80 points of offense, and only allowed opposing teams to score 66.8 points per game.

They’re a great team and it’s no guess that they’re going to be competing for a NCAA bid this year.

However next year three of their top scorers are seniors, Greivis Vasquez being the most important one. Greivis is the leading scorer for the Terrapins, and is a huge contributor to the success of Maryland. Landon Milbourne, and Eric Hayes are also seniors this season and they’ve logged impressive numbers for Maryland.

Maryland has one of the top recruiting classes this year. They’ve already acquired 2 ESPNU 100 players and 4 commits overall. This recruiting class is so special because of the depth it adds to the roster. With senior guard Greivis Vasquez leaving; it opens the door for sophomore guard Sean Mosley to step up and show these recruits how to play Terrapin basketball.

The best recruit they’ve acquired this year has been, Mychal Parker. Mychal is a 6-5 shooting guard that has a lot of potential. Mychal is more comfortable playing wing-man but with his athletic ability he can play point guard if needed. Mychal can be a huge player for Maryland, he can shoot, and drive the basketball, stay away from turnovers, and most importantly score the ball in bunches. He is a very talented prospect that can make a big stance for the Terps’ next season.

Terrell Stoglin is going to help their backcourt out a lot. Terrell isn’t big he is listed at 5’11’’ but he has big long arms and a wide frame. He is a scoring machine, averaging 27 points in high school. He also “Wows” opponents with his amazing passing abilities, averaging 7.5 assist per game. Terrell can step right in for Maryland and get the immediate start because of his playmaking ability. He can drive the lane and get teammates open shots as well as knock down his shots when needed. Terrell said “I also like to play defense. I need to work on my defense and bring it up a little more. I also have to work on my shot” which all can be improved playing under Coach Gary Williams.

Pe’shon Howard is another talented recruit that will be attending the University of Maryland. Pe’shon is a combo guard that can run the offense or set up away from the ball. He plays very hard on defense, and wants to lock you down on every play. Howard is a player that has a feel for the court and wants to be on the court every minute so he can help his team to victory. Pe’shon said “The fact that I would play early [was important]. It’s a great opportunity to play against the best players in the country.” Pe’shon is a very good shooter as well, he likes to set players up as well as score for himself, and he loves to get in the lane and finish at the rim or dish it to a teammate.

Ashton Pankey is the player than is more a defender then a scorer. He impacts the game mostly with his ability to defend, rebound, alter shots as well as block them. He has very long arms that makes shooting over him seem impossible, and with his good hands if he gets his hand on the ball he can make you pay. Ashton can run up and down the court, very athletic and very impressive leaping ability. He has a lot of potential, he isn’t very offensive but he can get outside the lane and knock down that 15 footer.

However Maryland has lost their top recruit Terrance Ross. Terrance Ross recently decommitted from the University of Maryland. In addition, Maryland is still one of the top schools on this prospects recruiting list. Losing this recruit could be bad for Maryland as they had a recruiting class that was one of the best many fans has seen in a long time. Many suspect that Maryland has lost Terrance to Duke due to the fact they’re his front runners.

But overall, this recruiting class is still special and it lists some big prospects that can make major contributions to this Maryland program. Look forward to these recruits and Maryland to make some noise next season in the ACC. No more NIT tournaments for the Terps’ you may be looking at a turnaround next season.