Maryland Basketball: Updated scholarship chart

Maryland Basketball: Updated scholarship chart
April 8, 2014, 7:30 pm
(Associated Press)

Maryland’s scholarship picture changed dramatically on Tuesday with the news that Nick Faust, Shaquille Cleare, and Roddy Peters had all been granted permission to transfer out of the program.

Before the transfers were confirmed, Maryland’s scholarship picture was as follows for the 2014-15 season, the program’s first in the Big Ten. Numbers beside each name are used to keep track of the scholarships that are being occupied:

PRE-TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP CHART

SENIORS

1. Evan Smotrycz

2. Dez Wells

3. Nick Faust

JUNIORS

4. Charles Mitchell

5. Jake Layman

6. Seth Allen

7. Shaquille Cleare

SOPHOMORES

8. Damonte Dodd

9. Roddy Peters

FRESHMEN

10. Dion Wiley

11. Jared Nickens

12. Michal Cekovsky

13. Romelo Trimble

14. Trayvon Reed

WALK-ONS

A.J. Metz (sophomore)

Conner Lipinski (junior)

Jacob Suskind (senior)

Jonathan Graham (senior)

Spencer Barks (senior)

Varun Ram (senior)

Taking a look at that list, Maryland was one over the NCAA’s limit of 13 scholarship players. That includes having two players, Jonathan Graham and Varun Ram, not on scholarship. Both were on scholarship last season, but it was not assumed that that would be the case in 2014-15.

With the transfer news on Tuesday, the updated scholarship chart is as follows:

POST-TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP CHART

SENIORS

1. Evan Smotrycz

2. Dez Wells

JUNIORS

3. Charles Mitchell

4. Jake Layman

5. Seth Allen

SOPHOMORES

6. Damonte Dodd

FRESHMEN

7. Dion Wiley

8. Jared Nickens

9. Michal Cekovsky

10. Romelo Trimble

11. Trayvon Reed

12. OPEN SCHOLARSHIP

13. OPEN SCHOLARSHIP

WALK-ONS

Conner Lipinski (junior)

Jacob Suskind (senior)

Jonathan Graham (senior)

Spencer Barks (senior)

Varun Ram (senior)

So what does it mean? It means that Maryland will only have six returning scholarship players (plus Graham and Ram) when the Terrapins take the floor for the start of the 2014-15 season. Maryland backfills with a talented freshman class that will get minutes in the regular rotation.

The Terrapins will have much more size than they had in 2013-14, but it is also a good deal of raw talent. Trayvon Reed and Michal Cekovsky are both seven feet tall, added to sophomore-to-be Damonte Dodd.

A good deal of offensive responsibility will fall to Romelo Trimble, who comes to Maryland with more expectations than any freshman in the program’s recent memory. Not only was he a local standout, but he was also a McDonald’s All-American.

The Terrapins haven’t had a McDonald’s All-American since 2003.