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 2: Once Seth Allen returns from injury in January, who is Maryland’s best option to start at point guard?
a) Seth Allen
b) Roddy Peters
c) Varun Ram
d) Dez Wells
CSN’s Answer: b) Roddy Peters
It’s Peters, though the answer shouldn’t necessarily be set in stone. Let me explain.
Seth Allen is a low-to-the-ground point guard who thrives off of quickness. After coming back from surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot, it will take him time to get into the flow of the game and regain that speed to a point where it can be beneficial for Maryland’s offense.
There will be at least three more weeks (and probably more) of Peters starting at point guard while Allen continues to recover. With increased practice time over winter break, the freshman should become more and more acclimated to the offense, both in the half-court and in transition.
Once Allen returns, is the marginal value enough to remove Peters from the starting role?
Defensively is where Peters must improve. Nick Faust saw significant minutes as his backup against Florida Atlantic because Faust can simply guard better than Peters can at this point. The offense is there. The defense must develop.
What Allen’s return will do mostly is, first and foremost, give Maryland depth in the backcourt in significant minutes to buffer against foul trouble. We haven’t seen as much high-pressure defense in part because of concerns about foul trouble.
Secondly it will reduce the reliance on Varun Ram, who has performed valiantly given the situation he was put into, especially on the defensive end of the floor, but is limited offensively.
And why not Wells? He has proven to be better off of the ball where he can pour in points without being tasked with having to run an offense. The more offensive freedom the better for a big-time scorer like Wells.
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