Stoglin says he’s re­turn­ing to Mary­land

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BY PA­TRICK STEVENS

Mary­land guard Ter­rell Stoglin will re­main in school for his ju­nior sea­son af­ter con­sid­er­ing a jump to the pro­fes­sional level.

Stoglin, the ACC’S lead­ing scorer as a sopho­more, will give the Ter­rap­ins four re­turn­ing starters next sea­son.

“Back for an­other sea­son Terp­na­tion!” Stoglin tweeted Wed­nes­day.

Stoglin said af­ter Mary­land’s sea­so­nend­ing 85-69 loss to North Carolina in the ACC tour­na­ment quar­ter­fi­nals this month he in­tended to re­turn to his Tuc­son, Ariz., home and reach his decision in con­sul­ta­tion with his fam­ily and coach Mark Tur­geon. He said he be­gan con­sid­er­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of turn­ing pro “pretty much in the mid­dle of the sea­son.”

The most fas­ci­nat­ing dy­namic in the Ter­rap­ins’ just-com­pleted sea­son was the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Stoglin and Tur­geon. Stoglin was eas­ily Mary­land’s most ca­pa­ble scorer, and his pen­chant for low-per­cent­age shots in­creased when the Terps found them­selves trail­ing.

A fre­quent mantra from both Stoglin and Tur­geon was the aim for Stoglin to be­come a bet­ter team­mate. The pleas didn’t al­ways stick, and Tur­geon twice brought Stoglin off the bench for mi­nor in­frac­tions. He also sat Stoglin for an ex­tended stretch in a Feb. 11 loss to Duke, af­ter which Stoglin took to Twit­ter to vent his frus­tra­tions be­fore later apol­o­giz­ing.

Yet Tur­geon also fre­quently praised Stoglin’s im­prove­ment, par­tic­u­larly at the de­fen­sive end, and the 6-foot-1, 185pounder’s com­pet­i­tive­ness.

“Ter­rell and I have talked, and I think he’s made an ed­u­cated decision,” Tur­geon said Wed­nes­day. “I think this is the best decision for Ter­rell at this time and it’s good for Mary­land bas­ket­ball. I feel like he needs to grow as a com­plete player, and I think Ter­rell wants to be part of an NCAA tour­na­ment.”

Next sea­son is likely to be dif­fer­ent for Mary­land. The Terps lose se­niors Sean Mosley and Berend Weijs while adding a class that in­cludes three signed play­ers and two com­mit­ments ex­pected to sign in the spring.

Stoglin av­er­aged 21.6 points for the Terps (17-15) this sea­son, but has yet to play in the post­sea­son in his two years at Mary­land.

Stoglin was a sec­ond-team all-acc se­lec­tion this year, be­com­ing only the fifth player in the ACC’S 59-year his­tory to lead the league in scor­ing and not earn first-team honors.


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