Mark Turgeon sat down with Matt Bracken of the Baltimore Sun on Wednesday, and in case you missed it, here’s a second chance to check it out. The topics first covered had to do with Turgeon’s very impressive offseason of recruiting, which included a number of 4/3-star recruits including Shaquille Cleare, Jake Layman, and Charles Mitchell.
Here are a few of the interesting tidbits:
When asked whether or not Charles Mitchell would be able to come in right away and play:
“I think when he gets into shape, he has a chance to really be a heck of a college player for us here at Maryland. He’s a guy we’re counting on. We didn’t sign anybody to sit on the bench. We signed guys who can help us and play right away.”
When asked what position Sam Cassell Jr. might play in their offense:
“He’s trying to play the point. He’s probably more of a 2 right now, but in our offense, all our guys get the chance to come off ball screens and make plays for us. Everybody’s kind of the same in the end. But we recruited Sam to really help us this year.”
When asked about how his 2013 recruiting class is shaping up
“Unfortunately we put so much time into ’12, it felt like we were a little behind for ’13. But we’ve been able to get ahead for ’14 and ’15, which is good. But ’13 is a difficult class for us. We’ve worked hard and we’ll see what happens.”
When asked about the departure of Terrell Stoglin and who can step up:
“I think Nick [Faust] likes to shoot, and he’s going to score. He’s got to figure out different ways to score. Hopefully he’ll be more of an offensive rebounder this year, and those buckets are easier to get. He’ll get to the foul line more, too.”
“It’ll be by committee and [we’ll be] much more balanced. We’ll obviously share the ball a lot better than we did last year and make for a better offensive team.”
Those are just some of the snippets during their conversation, and I have to say, I love what I hear out of Mark Turgeon. He has already shown himself to be a superior recruiter to Gary Williams, and his 2012 class (despite starting late) is hammering that point home. This class is loaded, and it’s nice to hear a little about what roles Turgeon envisions for so many talented, young players.
Even though he claims that Maryland got off to a late start on the 2013 recruiting class, there is still plenty of time left to secure some more quality players *cough* Harrison twins *cough*. Not to mention hometown hero Roddy Peters, who is very close to committing to the Terrapins. At the very least, next year’s recruiting class will include transfers that Turgeon skillfully scooped up via the transfer wire this offseason. Namely Evan Smotrycz, who will have to sit a year but should come in and play some very quality minutes for the Terps.
All in all, the interview just gives Maryland hoop fans another reason to be very excited about the future with Mark Turgeon at the helm.