With both the men's and women's lacrosse teams at Maryland pushing toward a national title this weekend--not to mention the baseball team playing well in the ACC tournament--head men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon took to Twitter to reassure his program's fan base on Saturday.
I know our fans are hungry to see @TerrapinHoops win a national championship - we are headed in the right direction toward that goal— Mark Turgeon (@CoachTurgeon) May 24, 2014
Turgeon's program has endured a turbulent offseason with five players transferring out--Nick Faust, Seth Allen, Shaquille Cleare, Roddy Peters, and most recently Charles Mitchell. But Maryland has added a strong mid-major transfer in guard Richaud Pack and has officially signed a top 10, five-man recruiting class that is scheduled to be on campus in the fall.
The NCAA tournament is all but necessary for Turgeon in 2014-15, the fourth year of his tenure in College Park, after failing to make the Big Dance through three seasons and missing the postseason entirely this past year.
The Terrapins will be young but talented as they enter the Big Ten for their first season. Freshman guard Romelo Trimble will assume responsibility of the offense after Allen's transfer and underclassmen Trayvon Reed, Damonte Dodd, and Michal Cekovsky will all see major minutes anchoring the paint.
And Maryland may not be done making moves this offseason, though the additions would help in the longer term, rather than the short term. A number of transfers, including West Virginia's Terry Henderson, Kansas' Andrew White III, and Georgia Tech's Robert Carter, Jr., have all drawn varying levels of interest from the Terrapins.