After dealing with uncertainty for a while concerning Darryl Morsell’s decision, Maryland Basketball now knows he won’t be returning. A few weeks ago it was reported that Morsell was leaning towards coming back to college and playing either at Marquette, Providence, Arkansas, and Duke, among others, or staying with the Terps.
Rumors have been flying, but it should be down to Maryland, Marquette, or DePaul as Morsell has familiarity with coaches from both schools in DeAndre Haynes and Bino Ranson. Well, today ends all of the speculations and he has made his decision.
Coming out of high school Morsell was the 74th overall player in the 2017 class and was the 5th best combo guard. Morsell was from Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore and anytime the Terps can get a homegrown product the benefits have a long-lasting effect on the future of the Maryland program.
Morsell not only grew as a person but also as a basketball player and he got better year after year and since his arrival in College Park his freshmen season, it was all leading up to the 2020 – 2021 season, as Morsell was no question the leader of the Terps and was the emotional leader, because as Morsell went, so did the Terps.
Morsell’s hard work paid off as he was voted the 2020 – 2021 Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year, which was a much deserving honor. Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon would ask Morsell to guard the best player that was facing the Terp’s and Morsell always delivered. This pretty much sums it up, a quote from Inside Maryland Sports “He became a fan favorite for his defensive intensity and versatility, which allowed Turgeon to deal with a shortage of big men on the roster, switching Morsell onto bigger players and opponents’ top scorers frequently.”
I am a diehard and lifelong Terp’s fan and when I think Terp’s, I think of Williams, Branch, Booth, Bias, Dixon, Trimble, Cowan, and Stix, to name a few. What do they all have in common?. They are all from the DMV and are local homegrown talent.
As we all know, the DMV is a hotbed for high school hoops and Maryland has missed out on quite a few, but for those that did stay home, their legacy is cemented in Terp’s history. There are very few players ever in the history of Maryland Basketball that I can call “Mr. Maryland”. Those are the players who represented what Maryland the school, the state, and the spirit of Maryland represents.
Darryl Morsell you are “Mr. Maryland” and will always be a Terp and “Mr. Maryland” not only to myself but to Terp Nation. We all wish you luck and the very best DM!.
Now, go show the Big East how defense is played and how the game is played with emotion, passion, and no fear!!