Monday, May 11, 2015

The Latest NCAA Basketball News - Rasheed Sulaimon Transfers to Maryland

Coach Cal, Bill Self, Tom Izzo, and numerous college basketball coaches across the country felt their stomachs tense up a little bit today.  While they began to feel fear, a big smile came across Mark Turgeon's face.  He felt this happiness when Rasheed Sulaimon announced today that he will be transferring to Maryland.

Sulaimon was a member of Duke's team this past season, but was dismissed from the team in January for not living up to Duke University standards.  During his freshman season as a Blue Devil, the 6 foot 5 swingman averaged 11.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.  Although his stats were impressive, his play was even more impressive.  This past season was a different story as he struggled to find the same success.

Sulaimon will join a loaded Maryland team.  Standout guard Melo Trimble and Jake Layman will both return to school, after many thought they would leave for the NBA.  They also have dominant bigs coming into town.  Diamond Stone, the 6th ranked high school player in the country, and Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter will man the front court for Turgeon.  Not only will the Terps have a loaded starting five, but they will also have a deep bench.

All in all, Sulaimon's announcement immediately changed the college basketball landscape.  Not only are the Terps contenders for a national title, they may even be the favorite to win it all next season.  They have a perfect mix of experience, skill, and incoming talent.  Look for Maryland to not only be a top ranked team next year, but also play like one too.

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