Well as school gets back in session, the leaves change, and the football players are starting to play meaningful games, it means that hoops are just around the corner and for us that means Maryland basketball at the Comcast Center. So who all do the Terps have coming in as freshmen to lace them up? Well the incoming crop has six total players including two who made the ESPN 100. We will focus on the two from the ESPN 100 list, Mychal Parker and Terrell Stoglin.
Mychal Parker (6’5 190) was the 12th ranked shooting guard (#45 overall) coming from The Miller School in Washington, NC. Parker chose Maryland over Virginia, Clemson, Miami (FL) and Arkansas. ESPN.com Recruiting Coordinator John Stovall had this to say on Parker:
Mychal is a tremendously athletic wing player who has good skills. He’s a terrific slasher to the basket and can shoot it out to 19 feet but is streaky. He has a great frame with broad shoulders and long arms and could easily put on weight and carry it with no problem.
As for Terrell Stoglin (6’1 185), he is a Tucson native and was the 19th ranked point guard (#97 overall) and he played his high school ball at Santa Rita as he helped to lead the team to the state title. Among some of the other interested teams were Northern Arizona, Texas A&M, San Diego, and USC. ESPN.com recruiting coordinator Joel Francisco breaks down Stoglin saying:
He is a solid-looking combo guard for the next level due to his scoring prowess. He also has a chiseled physique, solid athleticism, but limited upside. He has a very potent pull-up jump shot and has a tendency to do everything off the bounce. His handle is quite crafty and he has the ability to separate himself from defenders off the dribble, but he lacks the elite athleticism to finish at the rim amongst the bigs.
Both of the players will probably figure strongly into Gary’s rotation before the end of the season. They will have growing pains but both have strong enough upside to be contributors as freshmen for the Terps this year.