After leading the ACC in scoring almost all season, Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin conceded Tuesday that he was very disappointed to have been named to the league’s second-team all-conference list rather than the first team.
But Stoglin said he intended to use the decision, made by the members of the ACC Sports Media Association, as motivation in the upcoming ACC tournament and beyond.
“It was very disappointing,” said Stoglin, who concluded the regular season averaging 21.2 points and 1.9 assists per game. “But at the same time, I want to use that as motivation to get better. I can’t complain about that. Just go forward.”
Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon said he was also surprised by the second-team selection but added that it likely reflected that fact that the Terrapins (16-14, 6-10) failed to compile a winning record in league play.
Had Maryland eked out victories instead of losses in two closely contested late-season ACC games (falling 63-61 at Georgia Tech and 75-72 to Virginia on Sunday at Comcast Center), Stoglin may well been voted to the ACC’s first team, Turgeon surmised.
“Usually the guys that make first team, their team wins,” Turgeon said. “If we could have been 8-8 [rather than 6-9 in conference play], I think Terrell could have been first team. . . . We’re not. So he’s second team.”
Still, Turgeon saw a silver lining, calling it a “teaching moment” for the Terrapins in general and their sophomore shooting guard, in particular.
“It’s a chance for me to tell [Stoglin] there’s more to basketball than scoring,” Turgeon said. “We’ll learn from that, and he’ll learn from that.”
The all-ACC first team consisted of Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Harrison Barnes of North Carolina; Virginia’s Mike Scott and Duke’s Austin Rivers.
Joining the 6-foot-1 Stoglin on the second team: North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall, Florida State’s Michael Snaer, N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie and Virginia Tech’s Erick Green.