Mark Turgeon expects a "more complete" Terps team
COLLEGE PARK—If this were a regular season game or, even better, an ACC tournament game, it would have gone down as an instant classic.
But it wasn’t. It was a preseason intra-squad scrimmage in front of maybe 200 people at Comcast Center in College Park early Saturday afternoon.
Down three points with 1.4 seconds remaining, guard Dez Wells was fouled on a three-point attempt after catching a full-court inbounds pass. He sunk all three free throws and pushed the game into overtime.
Though the final 28-25 score doesn’t ultimately matter, one key quote from coach Mark Turgeon does, calling the performance Saturday “sloppy.”
And he was right. Marred by fouls, there was no real flow to the game and no one player was really able to get into a groove.
But CSN has compiled some key observations, found below:
POINT GUARD SPLIT REMAINS
As has been the case since practices began, the point guard split for the Terrapins is based on style.
Seth Allen continued to look most comfortable setting up the half-court offense, while freshman Roddy Peters ran the most fluid offense in transition.
Part of that has to do with Peters size, who at 6-4 sees over the defense well and is able to find players in positions to score on the break. In the half-court, though, especially with Allen guarding him, he has yet to develop the feel for the system that one can see in transition.
Off of ball screens and pick-and-roll situations, Allen remains the more able option when it comes to getting into the lane and dishing to teammates.
One notable play: Peters crossed Allen over on his way to the basket, controlled his body well and laid the ball in through contact at the rim. The freshman changes speed well.
DAMONTE DODD, ENERGY GUY
At 6-11 and claiming to have a vertical leap of close to 40 inches, Damonte Dodd is a rare athlete. The question this season will be how many minutes he gets in a relatively crowded frontcourt rotation.
In Saturday’s scrimmage, he did what coach Mark Turgeon has said he wanted from him—to be a high-energy player who can eat minutes off the bench. He ran well with the Terrapins in transition
MITCHELL PASSING OUT OF HIGH POST
On one possession in the second half, Peters fed the ball to forward Charles Mitchell in the high post. Peters rubbed off the screen and Mitchell faced the basket, finding a cutting Jake Layman for a dish, dunk, and the foul.
There were two other occasions in the second half where Mitchell was able to find Layman open on the perimeter after drawing defenders in the post, though Layman’s shots did not fall.
If Maryland can add that dimension to its offense, it would solve a major problem—three-point shooting—and open up opportunities for driving lanes for Dez Wells and others.
NO DALONTE HILL
Saturday marked Maryland's first public appearance since assistant coach Dalonte Hill began his leave of absence, which followed a DUI arrest on Sunday.
Turgeon was short in his comments about his assistant, declining to specify if there was a timetable on his status with the team.
As of the announcement on Tuesday, a team spokesman said Hill remains on staff during his leave of absence.