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25. Maryland Terrapins

Offense was a major problem for Maryland last season, ranking 298th in total scoring. They only had four players who scored more than 7.3 ppg, including 20 ppg star, Jahmir Young. He’s gone, as well as Donta Scott and a few reserves, including former 4-star prospect, Jamie Kaiser Jr.

The one freshman who is back in DeShawn Harris-Smith, a 6’5 guard who averaged 7.3 ppg and 2.2 apg, though he shot just 37% from the field and 20% from three-point range. He was put in a position where he wasn’t ready offensively but with more scorers around him this time around, look for him to have a breakout campaign as a sophomore.

The new-look backcourt includes transfers Ja’Kobi Gillespie, Selton Miguel, and Rodney Rice. The bigger question is how the frontcourt will work out. Returning forward Julian Reese will be paired with 5-star center prospect, Derik Queen. Both are better at the five-spot so if they can’t play well on the floor together, that’ll limit the team’s overall ceiling for next season.

As long as the new guards are able to shoot the ball, the Terrapins should improve from this past season. If they don’t some major questions will be asked about head coach, Kevin Willard.