Finally Terp fans, the time is almost here for another season of Maryland basketball. Last year the Terp’s were better than expected and while undermanned, they certainly represented the name on the front of the jersey as well as they could have. Alot has happened since that crushing defeat against Alabama in the NCAA tournament and to be honest it still doesn’t seem real to me, so let me pinch myself.
Normally, during the offseason, the talk is about how horrible Maryland coach Mark Turgeon is, how he cant coach, when is his contract up, can be bought out, how he can’t land the bug recruits or land players from the transfer portal, who is transferring, who is leaving for the draft, etc. If you are a Terp’s fan, you know the drill and you know how this goes. I think for the first time in a long time, the off-season was one that Terp fans will remember and it possibly could be a season to remember.
First, let us get this out of the way. There were two key players that the Terp’s lost as Darryl Morsell and Aaron Wiggins, both decided to move on to greener pastures, as Morsell transferred to Marquette for his senior season instead of finishing out his career with the Terps.
Regardless, Morsell in my eyes will always be a Terp. Morsell was the emotional and defensive leader for the Terp’s last year and it will be hard to replace that kind of leadership. Wiggins decided to keep his name in the NBA draft instead of coming back to College Park and was the 55th player selected in the second round of the 2020 – 2021 NBA draft by the Oklahoma Thunder. Wiggins was a dangerous scorer, who could score almost at any given time, when on the floor. It is on the defensive side of the ball where both Morsell and Wiggins will be missed.
Now, let us move on to introducing your 2021 – 2022 University of Maryland Men’s Basketball team. There are alot of new faces both on the bench and on the floor and I am excited about this year’s team, as what the Terps have been lacking has now been gained.