Maryland shooting ace Terrell Stoglin, who led the ACC in scoring this season, said Saturday that he wants to “test the waters” of his NBA prospects but in all likelihood would return to College Park for his junior season.
“Pretty much right now I’m thinking about coming back” to Maryland, Stoglin said in a telephone interview. “I just want to test the waters to see what my chances are.”
Stoglin also said that he felt Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon had been “a little hard” on him this season, adding that it was nothing worth complaining about.
Above all, he said he wants to compete in an NCAA tournament, which appears to be the chief reason why he’s leaning toward returning to college, at least for now.
“I just want to make the NCAA tournament,” Stoglin said.
Asked if he felt that was within reach of next season’s Maryland squad. Stoglin said: “We’ll have more depth with the freshmen coming in. And we’ll have [point guard Pe’Shon Howard] back. We’re a young team, so we’ll be smarter, and we’ll be more mature. That would be good.”
Stoglin said he felt Howard’s season-ending knee injury probably cost the Terrapins a spot in the NCAA tournament, thrusting multiple players into unfamiliar roles.
“He played a big part in the team,” Stoglin said, “and losing him hurt.”
But Stoglin said several times that it was too soon to make a decision on his future. His parents are advising him to wait before committing. And he got a call Friday night from former teammate Jordan Williams, who wanted to talk about the pros and cons of leaving early for the NBA. Stoglin wouldn’t divulge Williams’s advice.
Williams, Maryland’s leading scorer and rebounder last season, turned pro after his sophomore year. After waiting out the NBA lockout last fall, he has alternated between the New Jersey Nets’ roster and its NBA Development League affiliate this season.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Stoglin led the ACC in scoring this season (21.2 points per game) and carried Maryland’s offense throughout what proved a rebuilding season after Gary Williams resigned, three recruits reneged on commitments, presumptive starter Hauk Palsson chose not to return and Howard missed 25 games to injury.
Maryland ended the regular season 16-14, 6-10 ACC, earning the No. 8 seed in the ACC tournament. After an impressive opening-round victory over Wake Forest, in which the Terrapins played disciplined, selfless and high-percentage basketball, Maryland bowed out to top-seeded North Carolina in Friday’s quarterfinals. Stoglin was the Terrapins’ high scorer in both games, finishing with 25 points against Wake Forest (along with a team-high seven rebounds and four assists) and 30 points against North Carolina.
But there were multiple times this season when Stoglin was disciplined for his hasty shot-taking, most notably in the 73-55 loss at Duke on Jan. 25, when Turgeon benched him for much of the second half. Stoglin tweeted a sarcastic remark, venting his displeasure, but later apologized.
On Saturday, Stoglin characterized his relationship with Turgeon as open and direct.
“Whatever is on my mind, I go to him honestly,” Stoglin said. “He tells me how he feels. He’ll call me or tell me to come in the office and tell me straight up. I think he was a little hard on me this year, honestly. But [it’s] nothing to complain about.”
A family science major, Stoglin said he’s still going to class, noting that it’s a requirement to retain eligibility.
“The chance of me coming back is pretty good,” Stoglin said. “I love Terp Nation. I love College Park.”