Terps ready for summer trip to Bahamas

Terps ready for summer trip to Bahamas
July 29, 2013, 2:45 pm
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After a long July live recruiting period, Maryland is ready to blow off some steam--and get some work in--during a trip to the Bahamas in the first week of August.

The four-day exhibition tour, which will take place Aug. 6-9, was formally announced in a press release from the athletic department on Monday.

Maryland will play first on Tuesday, Aug. 6 against the Bahamas All Stars at 7 p.m., followed by another matchup Wednesday, Aug. 7 against the Commonwealth Giants at 7 p.m. Their final game of the tournament will take place on Friday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m. against the Grand Bahamas All-Stars.

"We are excited about this great opportunity for our young team to have this invaluable experience in playing in the Bahamas," said head coach Mark Turgeon.

"This is a terrific experience to learn about another culture, and to be doing it together as a team over the summer helps with our overall chemistry as we begin to prepare for the upcoming season."

Maryland will be in the process of adjusting to a major void in the middle, after center Alex Len declared for the NBA Draft following his sophomore season and was selected No. 5 overall by the Phoenix Suns. 

At least part of the responsibility in the middle will fall to rising sophomore Shaquille Cleare, who will return to his country of birth when the Terps touch down in the Bahamas. Cleare came to the United States in ninth grade to play high school basketball and was the crown jewel of Turgeon's 2012 recruiting class.

He averaged 3.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per game during his freshman season in College Park.

The other major area of concern heading into the 2013-14 season will be at the point guard position, which was at the root of some of Maryland offensive problems last season.

During the NBA Draft process, Turgeon cited the lack of a true point guard as one reason Len was only able to achieve so much in his two seasons with the Terps.

Maryland has taken part in 14 scheduled practices over the summer and one player appears to be emerging as someone who could give much-needed minutes at the position: freshman Roddy Peters.

Peters comes to Maryland as Turgeon's biggest recruit in 2013, with the Terps having lost out to Kentucky on the highly rated Harrison twins of Texas.

But the Terps aren't "settling" by grabbing the local product, Peters.

At 6-4, he is a Top 50 prospect with good size from the point guard spot. Turgeon will likely try to break him of his natural two-guard mentality and into an offensive facilitator and playmaker off the dribble.

Assistant coach Bino Ranson spoke to Comcast SportsNet at a recruiting event this past weekend and said that Peters was progressing well in that role so far this summer. And Turgeon seems to agree.

"I like the intensity and focus we've had over the summer,"  Turgeon said in a release.

"We have done some great work on the court over the last month and I am really looking forward to seeing how we respond in the Bahamas. We will  play three talented teams and it will give us a good indication about the type of progress we have made."

Check back to CSNBaltimore.com for more information during the trip.