Basketball season is what Maryland students have been waiting for all semester! After suffering so many losses during football season, it’s time for the University of Maryland Basketball team to redeem itself. Thankfully, our basketball team is on track to lead us to victory. Here are three reasons our basketball team will make it to the top.
1. Melo Trimble
He’s our starting point guard and is only a sophomore! He was named the USA Pan American Games team, becoming the third Maryland player to appear at the competition after James Gist (2007) and Walt Williams (1991). In addition, he was ranked the fourth-best player in the nation according to the ESPN’s26 member panel. Trimble is a celebrity around here, and he definitely deserves it!
2. Addition of Diamond Stone
As one of the highest-rated recruits to join Maryland, he has a lot to prove. This is the first time in 22 years that Maryland has got consecutive Top 25 prospects in successive years, since Melo was recruited in 2014. As our center, he dominates in scoring and off the glass rebounds. He is the perfect addition to our team, and continues to flourish, scoring up to 16 points a game, even as a center!
3. Mark Turgeon
This is his 5th season coaching the Terps, so he knows the dynamics of the team and how they can grow. He led the Terps toa school-record 26 wins during the regular season 2014-2015 and to the 3rd round of the NCAA tournament. The first year in the Big Ten, Maryland went 18-1 at home, proving it’s competitiveness and threat to the rest of the teams. We have high hopes for what he is going to do this year, and hopefully, he will lead us to victory during the 2-15-2016 season.
4. School Spirit
Have no fear, Terps! Although our football season was a bit disappointing, our basketball team will be sure to lift our spirits. Games have already been sold out in the student section, forcing many students to pay to attend the games! Plus, we are currently undefeated!
5. Big Ten Recognition
Joining the Big Ten is no small feat. We need to prove to the NCAA that we got what it takes. It’s our second year in the Big Ten, and we are going to do even better than our 28-7 (14-4 in Big Ten) season. Our mascot may be slow, but our basketball players are not!