Prior to the transfer of guard Seth Allen, which was announced officially by Maryland in a release on Friday, head coach Mark Turgeon had options in the backcourt.
Though Roddy Peters had already decided to transfer, Romelo Trimble’s presence would seem to give Maryland an opportunity that Turgeon had looked to exploit more last season, but was unable to.
The plan was this:
In an effort to get Allen off the ball and in positions where he could run off screens and focus on scoring without running the offense, Turgeon wanted to put Peters and Allen on the floor at the same time.
Peters would be in control of the offense. Allen would be an undersized scorer at the shooting guard spot. That would free up Dez Wells to either get rest or run a three-guard set when trying to play small ball.
But due to questions defensively, Peters’ continued lack of a jump shot, and Allen's injury and ensuing recovery, Turgeon was only able to experiment with that set sparingly.
Had Allen stayed, it would have presented the chance to run that same set but with Trimble in place of Peters. That would put two reliable shooters on the floor at the same time, not including Jake Layman or Evan Smotrycz at the forward spots, which would space the floor and create driving lanes from the perimeter.
Allen is now out of the equation, though.
That means the keys to the offense belong to Trimble with Wells possibly seeing time at the lead guard spot as a backup. With scholarship leeway to work with, Maryland could also add another graduate guard who is immediately eligible to play.
Among the possibilities, according to reports, is IUPUI transfer Ian Chiles. Chiles averaged 15.8 points per game last season.