5 Things To Watch For This Year As The Terps Kick Off Their Season Tonight

Sports and Bets — November 13, 2015 at 4:45 pm by

1. Future NBA Players- The Terps have two projected first round picks in the 2016 NBA draft, with Diamond Stone being a top 20 pick with potential to move up to a lottery pick, and Jake Layman also projected as a first rounder. Melo Trimble will play in the NBA, but is more likely to be a second rounder at this point. It’s not often the Terps have this much NBA talent on one team, seeing as they’ve only had one NBA player (Alex Len) since Greivis Vasquez graduated.

2. Resurgence of Jake Layman- Layman left many fans disappointed last year after he posted a promising sophomore campaign, but look for Layman to get back to his original form. He’s added muscle this offseason, and will be a full time player at small forward. Last year because of lack of quality big men, Jake had to often play out of position, and looked lost. In the post-Dez Wells era, Jake Layman will be at his natural position where he is most comfortable.

 

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3. Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year- Melo Trimble won that honor this year, and will look to earn Big Ten player of the Year once it is all said and done. We saw Melo come into his own last year after being the Terps’ first McDonald’s All-American since Mike Jones (who?), and Melo is the most important player on this team. Who knows, maybe if he hadn’t gotten hurt against West Virginia in the tournament last year, the Terps could have come back and won. But last season is in the past, and Melo will be looking to prove he is one of the best point guards in the country.

 

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4. How Does The Loss Of Dion Wiley Affect The Terps’ Championship Hopes?- It doesn’t. Losing the 6’4″ shooting guard Dion Wiley is however somewhat significant, as there were rumors floating around that he could have been the Terps’ starting shooting guard to begin the season. Shooting guard may be the weakest position out of the five, but Rasheed Sulaimon and shooter Jared Nickens will both be quality two guards, and losing Dion Wiley certainly won’t be a reason why the Terps shouldn’t be able to contend for a national championship.

5. Can The Terps Dominate The Big Ten?- On paper, the Terps have the best roster in the Big Ten. They went 14-4 in Big Ten play last year, before losing to Michigan State in the second round of the conference tournament. The Big Ten had six ranked teams in the AP poll heading into the 2015 season, including Maryland (3), Michigan State (13), Indiana (15), Wisconsin (17), Purdue (23), and Michigan (25). That’s a highly competitive conference, as almost a quarter of the ranked teams in the country come from the Big Ten. But if the Terps are worthy of that number 3 ranking, they need to dominate conference play. Obviously they’re not finishing the season undefeated, but if Maryland wants a one seed in the NCAA Tournament, dominating the Big Ten is a must.

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