COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- In the month of March, Mark Turgeon's basketball team finally looked like team fans were hoping for back in November. We saw a young team grow up, become resilient, and gain enough confidence that they even went toe to toe with Duke and won -- twice.
Despite their recent success, the Terps still fell short in the NIT losing to Iowa in the semifinals. Nevertheless, the future looks bright for Maryland. Here are five things that happened this season that will positively impact the Terps future.
Dez Wells Emerged
When Maryland acquired Wells, Turgeon said he was clearly the most athletic guy on the team. And while many expected Alex Len to be star, the team was most successful when Wells was at the wheel. During the ACC tournament and the NIT, Wells transformed from a good player who led with his words into the team's best player who led through his actions. In transition, the sophomore was almost unstoppable and he finally found his niche on the team. Going forward, if he keeps this same mentality and works on his jumper, he'll start appearing on some NBA draft boards.
Alex Len Regressed
Everyone touted this season as Len's last in college basketball. When he started the season on fire against Kentucky, it was almost full gone conclusion - he was going to declare for the NBA draft. As the season continued, Len went from being really good to "is he still on the court?" He was almost a non-factor in key games for the Terps and had he been the play we expected, Maryland is the NCAA tourney, not the NIT, and he would be in NBA next year. Now the coaches have leverage to convince him to back. He really seems like a player one year away from being a superstar and if he does stay, what stops him from being the number one pick in next year's draft? And what stops the Terps from finishing in the top four in the ACC?
Seth Allen, Charles Mitchell, and Jake Layman
These three freshmen immediately contributed to Maryland's success. Allen proved he could score, run the point, and has the x-factor to keep the crowd into the game. Mitchell is a rebounding machine. If he can keep the pounds off and continue to improve is low post offense, he can become a better player than Jordan Williams was for the Terps in 2011. Layman is a raw talent who showed flashes in freshman year. He can play defense and has good offensive skills, but his biggest issue is confidence. Now with a year under his belt, he can become a more consistent play for the Terps. The fact the Terps freshman class was so talented at a young age, makes them scary for the foreseeable future.
Signing Roddy Peters
If you follow enough Maryland fans on twitter, than you know they complained about the guard play. Every single game. This incoming freshman will give the Terps a true point guard who will distribute to all the talent on this team. Although Peters will be a pass first guard, don't be surprised to see him drop a few buckets. The kid has a good game, but will not have to be a star next year. And if everyone on this listcontinues to get better, he won't have to be.