2014-2015 Maryland Basketball Preview

2014-2015 Maryland Basketball Preview

Submitted by Padog on April 16th, 2014 at 6:47 PM


The Terrapins are a hard team to predict next year as they have a lot of experience along with youth. However, they did not finish all that well this year. I did not watch a whole lot of Maryland last year so I really do not know how they play. Maryland loses John Auslander to graduation. They also lose Nick Faust, Shaquille Cleare, Roddy Peters, Dez Wells, and A.J. Metz who are transferring. This means losing:

43% PPG

44% MPG

31% RPG

54% APG

54% SPG

47% BPG

When you bring in a top 10 recruiting class, which the Terps did, it is not all that hard to replace this production. Here is their senior laden roster:

#  Name                         HT   WT   YR        POS

1  Evan Smotrycz         6-9   230  RS.SR. SF

OH Lobstrycz Smotrycz, I think we are all familiar enough with Evan. In his first year off the transfer Smotrycz started and averaged 11 points per game. His stellar handle and amazing defense will be tough to match this year. He is like Larry Bird but way better.

24 Jacob Susskind         6-5   200   SR.      SF

The back-up Small Forward, will hold that role until Nickens takes it over. He only played in 5 games last year. This means he will be the back-up for like a game. 

11 Varun Ram                5-9   150   SR.      PG

The back-up Point Guard, a towering man. Just kidding, he is short. He only played in 16 games last year so a freshman passing him up is not a bad bet.

25 Jonathan Graham     6-8    220   SR.     PF

The back-up Power Forward, played a limited role last year. Will most likely maintain that role.

15 Spencer Barks          6-9    225    SR.     PF

Played in four games last year, will not get much more time this year.

0  Charles Mitchell        6-8    260    JR.      C

A mountain of a man, the starting Center. He averaged six points and six rebounds per game last year. If he lost 10 pounds, he may be a real force.

12 Conner Lipinski         5-10   155   JR.     PG

Only played in 3 games last year. Will be the third string Point Guard if it falls to that. 

10 Jake Layman             6-8     205   JR.     PF

The starting Power Forward, averaged 11.7 poins per game last year along with decent rebounding numbers. 

4  Seth Allen                   6-1       190   JR.     PG

The starting Point Guard with a 13.4 points per game average last year. Will be their second go-to-guy.

35 Damonte Dodd          6-9         240   SO.   C

The back-up Center for the beginning of the season. Will likely be moved down due to incoming freshman.

   Jared Nickens             6-6          185   FR.    SF

Their highest touted recruit, a four star that will no doubt play right away. He will eventually end up passing Susskind for his spot.

   Trayvon Reed            7-1           215    FR.    C

Needs to add weight but will no doubt play. Will pass up Dodd for his spot. He is a four star.

   Romelo Trimble         6-3           180    FR.    SG

The starting Shooting Guard with pretty polished skills. A four star.

   Dion Wiley                 6-4            200   FR.     SG

The second string Shooting Guard, could play the two with Trimble at the one. Yet another four star.

   Michal Cekovsky      7-0              220   FR.      C

I say he is going to redshirt. He is an okay weight, but passing up a higher ranked center and a Sophomore is not that likely. When you can redshirt four stars you are doing okay for yourself.


Projected Starting Lineup:

Point Guard: Seth Allen

Shooting Guard: Romelo Trimble

Small Forward: Evan Smotrycz

Power Forward: Jake Layman

Center: Charles Mitchell

Michigan plays them at Maryland which will be a tough game. They are good at home, along with every other college basketball team.

This will be an experienced and talented team that may have a hard time winning on the road in the Big Ten. However, I think they will have some growing pains with the new officiating and finish 9-9 in the B1G which is good enough for 7th place.

Next up... Iowa




Evan Smotrycz Video Tour Thru PDC

Evan Smotrycz Video Tour Thru PDC

Submitted by Happy Gilmore on November 2nd, 2011 at 9:37 AM

From the Michigan Basketball facebook page, Evan Smotrycz acted as 'host' for an MGoBlue "Inside Michigan Basketball" segment touring throught the new Player Development Center. If you looked through the pictures that were posted the other day then you have seen pretty much everything they show in the video, but its still cool to see it in video rather than still shots.



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