Maryland Basketball: Breaking down newcomers on 2020-21 roster

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COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND – MARCH 08: Head coach Mark Turgeon of the Maryland Terrapins celebrates \ (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Maryland Basketball is coming off a season that saw the Terrapins win a share of their first Big Ten title. Here are the players they will bring in for the 2020-2021 season to begin their title defense.

The Maryland Basketball program has been through a roller coaster of a year. After winning a share of the Big Ten title in the regular season, they entered an off-season where they suffered major personnel changes.

Senior point guard, team leader, and Maryland all-timer Anthony Cowan Jr. has graduated. All-American forward Jalen Smith has declared for the NBA Draft and projects as a first-round pick. Other than those two losses, major in and of themselves, the Terrapins lost a ton of depth as five players transferred to other schools.

Depth will be a key storyline for Maryland Basketball’s next campaign as their title season typically only featured seven or eight players checking in for a given game. Although many big-name transfers expressed interest in joining the Terrapins, Mark Turgeon missed out on most of them as UMD only made it up to second on their list. One would think that the Terrapins would be able to leverage their Big Ten success into attracting coveted transfers to the program. That has not been the case thus far.

Maryland’s off-season can certainly be considered a failure, and the elevated expectations brought on by the Big Ten title only exacerbate their shortcomings. However, Terrapin newcomers will have a unique opportunity to prove themselves and contribute to the team’s depth issues.

Recently, Maryland Basketball finished announcing its newcomers for 2020. In all, they will bring in eight new faces: three recruits, two transfers, and three walk-ons.

Here’s a look at the players UMD will add to their roster for the 2020-2021 season.

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