Sunday night the Terps played against the Wolfpack in Raleigh. The Terps had won nine straight games over State and the last time the Wolfpack won was February 7, 2006. However, the Terps were unable to secure the victory falling 79-74 after a monster game from CJ Leslie with 20 points, 11 boards and 2 steals. Let’s get to the Terps report card:
Pe’Shon Howard: B
Although Howard is still getting his legs under him following the broken leg, he had a really good game directing the team and getting the team quality shots. In the first half on back to back possessions, he was able to set up both Nick Faust and Mychal Parker for threes. He significantly improves the team’s ball movement. However, there were a few opportunities where he drove the lane and had a quality shot and passed it up.
Terrell Stoglin: A-
Stoglin is the leading scorer in the ACC at 21.2 points and he didn’t disappoint with 25 points and 6 threes. His offense more times than not did not seem forced as I only counted 2 or 3 shots that were not within the flow of the offense. The key is for the team not to stand around if Stoglin is in an isolation set.
Sean Mosley: C+
Mosley had a typical Sean Mosley game with 12 points, 3 rebounds, and a steal. I say a typical game because it is never flashy but he makes smart basketball plays. His senior leadership was crucial late in the game with his decision making and shot selection.
James Padgett: B
Padgett’s offensive improvement from last year is the thing most notable to me this year. The growth of his moves in the paint and patience while on the block are amazing. He finished with 7 points and 7 rebounds. He is a quality complement to Alex Len and they will be good together as they get more court time together. With Len on the court, Padgett can move to his natural position of power forward.
Alex Len: B-
Len had an A effort in the 1st half but a D effort in the 2nd half. In the first half, he was active on the boards and knocked down shots from inside as well as outside. He was also able to block 2 shots and affect many more shots. However, in the second half, he seemed to get tired. On back to back possessions, his man beat him down the court and was able to get uncontested dunks because he was late getting back. He did finish with 12 points, 11 boards, and 2 blocks and gives the Terps a quality inside presence.
The Terps finished with 13 points from the bench as Faust and Parker were the only two players to score from the bench. Parker’s energy was awesome and he was rewarded with crunch time minutes. As for Faust, he is only a freshman and he will continue to grow. On one pass, he lobbed it back to Stoglin and it was intercepted and he didn’t hustle back to contest for the layup on the other end.
Sub of the game: Mychal Parker
Mark Turgeon: B-
This was Turgeon’s opening game in the ACC and he showed himself well. The one concern was that he could not seem to find an answer for CJ Leslie and he crushed the Terps for it. Turgeon is still trying to figure out the best lineup for the Terps as this was just their fourth game (since December 28) that he has had his whole team at his disposal, but I have faith in his abilities to put the best rotation forth.
Maybe You Didn’t Notice:
Terrell Stoglin is a shot taker and a shot maker. Not a big surprise there. He doesn’t need much space to make a shot. His improvement from the 3 point line has been great as he went 6-12 in the game. However, one of his best attributes is his ability to drive to the paint. In the game, he did not seem to take the ball to the rack as regularly as last year. With his ability to drive to the lane, he can open other players up as defenders collapse to him.