Terrell Stoglin: Gary Williams would have Maryland in Top 25

Terrell Stoglin: Gary Williams would have Maryland in Top 25
April 9, 2014, 11:30 am
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(Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin made waves on Twitter Tuesday night in the wake of the news that Nick Faust, Roddy Peters, and Shaquille Cleare would be transferring out of the Maryland program.

Stoglin, who played under both Gary Williams and Mark Turgeon while at Maryland before being suspended and leaving the program, tweeted the following:

It seemed to be alluding to head coach Mark Turgeon without mentioning him by name, implying that the problem begins with the coach who just finished his third season in College Park.

Stoglin, who is playing professionally in Italy, was a guest on WNST radio on Wednesday morning to explain his comments:

“I feel like Coach Turgeon is a great coach,” he said. “I have no right to challenge his authority as a coach, but I was speaking from the players’ standpoint and what I meant by that is when Coach Williams was there, he didn’t have the talent that Coach Turgeon is with but he still got the best out of his players.”

“I feel like if Coach Williams was still there with the talent that’s at Maryland, they would be a Top 25 team. They would be in the tournament, you know. You’ve got to get the best out of your players and I feel like that’s not happening at the University of Maryland right now.”

Throughout the interview, Stoglin repeatedly maintained that he was speaking from a player’s perspective and that confidence and the support that comes from a coach in that regard are at the root of the issue.

Stoglin and Faust are good friends--so much so that Stoglin called him his “little brother” during the interview--and the former Maryland guard says he stays in consistent contact with the soon-to-be senior.

“I feel like these three players will thrive when they leave,” Stoglin said. “Wherever they go they’re going to thrive because they’re good players, man. They’re good players.”