Key Losses: Maryland loses a huge chunk in the three mentioned above. Strawberry was a two year starter and major contributor all four years in College Park, while Ibekwe started more games than that. Jones was a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school, and was a starter the last season and a half at Maryland. Also graduating were tough big man Will Bowers and little used Parrish Brown (55% of scoring, 47% of rebounding, 39% of assists).
- PG- Greivis Vasquez (6'5", So.)
- SG- Eric Hayes (6'4", So.)
- SF- Landon Milbourne (6'7", So.)
- PF- Bambale Osby (6'8", Sr.)
- C- James Gist (6'9", Sr.)
- SG- Adrian Bowie (6'2", Fr.)
- SF- Cliff Tucker (6'6", Fr.)
- PF- Jerome Burney (6'9", R-Fr.)
- C- Braxton Dupree (6'8", Fr.)
- PF- Dino Gregory (6'7", Fr.)
Outlook: Maryland looks to have a strong starting four, with two play making guards who can also score and two very active big men inside. The key will be if they can get any scoring punch at the wing forward spot, and if the freshmen can make an impact. Milbourne doesn't have to be a world beater in that spot, but at least needs to be a threat so that defenses cannot key on Vasquez and Hayes as much. Either Bowie or Tucker also needs to provide solid depth that the Terps are definitely lacking. Thankfully, Gary Williams runs a version of the flex that doesn't reply upon lots of one on one play. If the depth can be solid and provide enough rest for the starters, and if Gist and Osby can stay out of foul trouble, this team will be very solid.
The opening schedule will tell a lot about Maryland. Beginning the season in the College Basketball Experience tournament will give the Terps a shot at UCLA and, probably, Missouri early in the year. Additionally, games against Illinois and VCU will be good tests. The rest of the schedule is relatively weak.
Prediction: 10-6 finish, T-4 in ACC; 24-7 Overall.
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