Williams talks Terps identity, Whittington transfer
As Maryland players take a week to complete their final exams, CSN is building its own final exam to evaluate the season so far, including the ups, the downs, and what might be ahead. It will be 10 questions, two each day from Monday to Friday. Think you can ace it?
Question 1: There have been a few standouts for Maryland so far this season, some expected and some not. Who is Maryland’s midseason MVP?
a) Jake Layman
b) Evan Smotrycz
c) Charles Mitchell
d) Dez Wells
CSN’s Answer: d) Dez Wells
This one could be narrowed down to two choices off the bat, either Jake Layman or Dez Wells. Smotrycz and Mitchell have both been solid for stretches of the year, but Layman and Wells are undeniably the top two.
Why Wells over Layman? While Layman has hit some big shots and put numbers up in bunches, there are crucial games that Wells has either given Maryland a chance to win when they likely should have been far out of it, or won the game for them all together.
Thursday against Boston College was the latest example.
Well simply dominated in the second half, scoring 22 points in the second half as part of a career-high 33 to bury the Eagles and give Maryland a win in its ACC opener. If Maryland had not won that game, the team would have dropped to .500 through 10 games.
But the win, combined with a win over Florida Atlantic two days later, has the Terrapins at a more respectable 7-4 entering this week of finals.
And one more thing: Not only is Wells producing, but he’s producing while being the player with the most asked of him. After Seth Allen’s injury, he has been shifted out of position to play point guard and had to work through the bumps and bruises of running an offense.
Turgeon now appears more comfortable with running freshman Roddy Peters at point, which will move Wells back to the position he’s most comfortable with. By the time school is back in session in 2014, Allen should be back, too.
Wells is averaging 15.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.