Well, Maryland Madness is in the books and the 2011-2012 season is officially underway.
Friday night’s Maryland Madness concluded with a short scrimmage pitting the Red team (Sean Mosely, James Padgett, Ashton Pankey, Alex Len, Johnathan Thomas, John Dillard) against the White team (Berend Weijs, Pe’Shon Howard, Mychal Parker, Nick Faust, John Auslander, Jacob Susskind).
Official stats were not kept, but here are our player-by-player observations from the Red team’s 42-38 victory.
Berend Weijs: Entering his second season at Maryland, the senior center ran the floor extremely well and confidently finished strong around the rim. He has worked on adding weight in the offseason which should help tremendously once ACC play begins.
Pe’Shon Howard: Already brimming with confidence, Howard looked extremely comfortable out on the floor while leading the White team in scoring. Pe’Shon also did an excellent job of getting teammates open looks and running the fast break. Howard’s ability to run the point could allow Stoglin to see increased minutes off the ball this season.
Nick Faust: The highly touted freshman looked every bit as good as advertised. Unofficially, Faust finished second on the team in scoring, including two deep three balls. Faust, at 6-6, has the height and the length to excel on the wing. He showed that he can get out on the fast break and finish strong. Faust will likely begin the season as the Terps starting small forward.
Mychal Parker: The second year player was relatively quiet, but he showed flashes of why he was so highly touted coming out of high school. Parker threw down a couple of thunderous dunks and for the most part looked relatively at ease out on the floor. Parker still looks to be a bit of a wildcard but he should provide quality minutes off the bench.
Spencer Barks: The walk-on freshman looked good in debut in a Maryland uniform. Barks unofficially scored four points and provided size and rebounding down low. Barks had some division 1 interest last year and is the most likely walk-on to see some action this season.
Arnold Richmond: Another walk-on freshman, Richmond looked good handling the ball bringing it up court. Arnold unofficially had three points, all of them coming on a made basket from beyond the arc. By all accounts, Richmond is a tireless worker. Don’t be surprised to see him earn some meaningful minutes as the season progresses.
Sean Mosley: The senior forward from Baltimore was quiet in the game, choosing to defer to his teammates. It would have been nice to see the senior captain be a bit more assertive, but we’re not going to put too much stock into a short informal scrimmage. Mosley was playing quite a bit out around the perimeter which was a little surprising as he is likely to be the team’s starting four man. Mosley’s versatility will be a key for the Terps this season.
Terrell Stoglin: The sophomore guard looked extremely impressive in the scrimmage. Unofficially, we had Stoglin with eight points, including two three-pointers. Stoglin looks to have picked up exactly where he left off last season, using his killer crossover to get by his man and exploding to the basket. Stoglin also seemed to have excellent chemistry with big-man newcomer Alex Len, connecting on several alley-oops. Look for Stoglin to have big year for the Terps this season.
James Padgett: The junior from the Bronx had a quiet and albeit unspectacular night. Unofficially, Padgett had six points in the scrimmage with some garbage put-backs. Padgett will likely see significant action early in the year, especially if newcomer Alex Len has to serve any suspension time.
Alex Len: The Ukrainian freshman was absolutely spectacular in his Maryland debut. Unofficially, Len led all scorers with 14 points, including a variety of dunks. Len threw down alley-oops and finished a fast break dunk with flair. He runs the floor extremely well and is very fluid for a 7-footer. The other thing that immediately stood out about Len was his offensive rebounding skills. His ability to clean the glass on the offensive end could be a huge boon for this year’s team. Based on the skill and athleticism Len showed in the scrimmage, the first round NBA talk might not be that far off.
Ashton Pankey: After missing almost all of last season due to injury, Pankey is back at 100% to start the season. Unofficially, Ashton finished the scrimmage with eight points on some thunderous dunks. Pankey appears to be the strongest he’s been and showed some aggressiveness on the offensive end while finishing with authority. Turgeon has said Pankey is the strongest rebounder on the team and he did nothing to disprove that theory. If Maryland can get solid rebounding numbers from Ashton Pankey and if he can score around the rim, the Terps have a chance to really surprise people this season.