Reflecting on his team midway through his second year running the program, Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon said he was pleased with the progress.
“We’re on schedule. We just have to hate losing more than anything,” he said. “I know there are some people around here who think we should be in the Final Four. That’s just not realistic.”
Last year, Turgeon finished his first season at the helm for the Terps with a 17-15 record. Maryland did not play postseason basketball, but generally fans and media considered Turgeon’s first year a success.
Much of that success hinged on former Terps guard Terrell Stoglin. The sharp-shooting guard was a natural scorer, but at times Stoglin hurt the Terps with a selfish attitude and too many shots.
Only a sophomore last season, Stoglin left the team last summer due to a violation of team rules. Currently he is playing professionally in Greece. This year’s team does not have a prolific scorer like Stoglin, and at times the offense could use him, even with his selfish tendencies.
Turgeon wants the 2012-2013 Terps team to run from the inside out, through sophomores Alex Len and Nick Faust.
“Alex and Nick are on pace to be really good players in this league,” Turgeon said.
A father of three young children, Turgeon said he’s learned patience from his kids. That has helped coaching a Maryland team reliant on freshmen and sophomores.
“There’s a lot of basketball left and I know there’s a lot of fight in them,” Turgeon said. “I think the future looks pretty good.”