Terps guard and leading scorer Terrell Stoglin is considering a future in the NBA, as reported by multiple outlets this week, including the Washington Times' Patrick Stevens, who wrote this after Maryland's 85-69 loss to North Carolina today.
"Right now, I'm thinking about coming back, but it's too early to make a decision … "I'm going to wait until March Madness and everything is done and go back home and talk to my family and coach [Mark] Turgeon and make a decision."
Earlier in the week, The Baltimore Sun reported Stoglin may not return to the team for the 2012-2013 season.
Pondering a future without Stoglin? Sure, the sophomore shoots more often that any coach would like, but with Nick Faust still developing and Pe'Shon Howard out for the majority of the season, he's the only reliable scoring threat on the roster.
Stoglin led the ACC in scoring this season (21.6 points per game), almost five points more than his closest competition: Mike Scott (Virginia) and Harrison Barnes (North Carolina). The difference between Stoglin and No. 2 and 3 is that they earned first-team all-conference honors.
Simply put, Stoglin did not like this.
“It was very disappointing … But at the same time, I want to use that as motivation to get better. I can’t complain about that. Just go forward.”
His head coach had his back, though. Mark Turgeon, who is always pushing to make Stoglin better by stressing defense and a team-first mentality, called it a teaching moment for the guard, and if the Terps had a better record then Stoglin would get the credit he deserves.
Stoglin's three options:
- Stay in College Park
- Go pro
Since the third is the one in question, let's analyze.
Stoglin is listed generously at 6-foot-1. Smaller guards usually don't succeed at the professional level. That's because they usually have difficulty getting their shot off.
Just last year, there was similar criticism for Kemba Walker out of Connecticut. But Walker played combo guard for the Huskies, and now plays at the point for the Charlotte Bobcats. As we know, Stoglin is a shoot-first kind of guy. He's not a point guard.
His best option, for Terp Nation, is for him to stick around for his junior season. And if you check Stoglin's Twitter account, Terp Nation is showing the love.
If you want #Stoglinsanity to return to Maryland next season, tweet this money ASAP, people!
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