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#DARSports: Looking at the 2015-2016 Maryland Terrapins

By Speed on the Beat (@SpeedontheBeat)

Sorry, True. But, the upcoming college basketball season is looking more and more like the Year of the Turtle.


After seemingly coming out of nowhere (cue the RKO jokes), the Terps team last year went on a run that was one of the best in the program's history. No, they didn't get past the Round of 32 (by the way, screw West Virginia), but they exceeded expectations during their first B1G season.

Led by freshman guard Melo Trimble, junior forward Jake Layman (can we talk about how he's improved his game every year since stepping into College Park?), and senior forward Dez Wells, Maryland achieved a record of 28-7 with a 14-4 record against the B1G. Now, unlike the Dukes, Wisconsins, and other powerhouses of the past couple years, Dez Wells is the only member of the team who will make the jump. Come this fall, Melo Trimble will to College Park (in a bold move, especially considering he was thought to be a first-rounder for the 2015 Draft) with the keys fully and firmly in his hands.

And, he has help.

The Terps are pulling out the stops in regards to recruiting, signing Diamond Stone and Duke (gasp, I know) transfer Rasheed Sulaimon among others. Now, Sulaimon isn't Dez Wells. But, he's the type of player who can be akin to Wells. They have similar make-ups, similar styles, similar backstories (unfortunately, but that's something for another post) and are familiar with the Terps' style of play.

It's too early to crown UMD the champion of college basketball this upcoming season. However, they will be in the picture, barring injury or regression from their main contributors. And with Melo Trimble constantly growing as a man and a player, the sky's the limit for the Terps.

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