It was announced Wednesday that yet another Maryland basketball transfers announced their new home. This time it would be Nick Faust who announced he would be transferring to Oregon State. While the Maryland transfer count seems to keep increasing, there are plenty of reasons to believe the Terps are better off without their ex-players moving forward.
Maryland will be moving to the Big Ten conference, a conference that is vastly underrated in the basketball world. Michigan State contends year in and year out for a national title, and Michigan is only a year removed from a national title appearance. Wisconsin made the final four this year, and they did it with their offense not their traditional identity of defense. Ohio State will losing long time point guard Aaron Craft, but will still be a national contender as they have been year in and year out. Indiana was down this year after watching two players go in the lottery a year ago, and Nebraska is coming off of a year where they had the co-coach of the year in Tim Miles. While Maryland leaves behind an ACC conference that may or may not be the next basketball juggernaut, they certainly aren’t entering into the ‘B league’.
Maryland finished 9-9, 17-15 in the ACC in 2014, which places them around the rankings of an Indiana (7-11, 17-15 in Big Ten). While losing Center Shaquille Cleare, guard Nick Faust and point guard Roddy Peters certainly doesn’t help the Terps moving forward, it could better them moving forward.
The Terps will return Dez Wells, a USBWA regional all-American and have two top recruits coming in. The Capital Classic in the suburbs of Washington, DC displayed some of that incoming talent this past weekend.
RoMelo Trimble, 14 points, was a standout performer in the weekends game and will joining the Terps this coming fall as a freshman. Tribble carries a 90 rating through scout and is the 29th ranked player according to ESPN. The Upper Marlboro guard from Bishop O’Connell high school in Virginia is the number one ranked player in the state of Maryland and signed back in December of his Junior year. The transferring of Faust and Peters will likely have Trimble see immediate playing time in his freshman year.
Trayvon Reed, who did not play in the classic due to injury, will also be attending Maryland in the fall. The seven footer will fill any size void left open by Shaq Cleare, and in Cleare’s absence could see an extended playing role. Reed is the no. 3 player in the state of Georgia and carries a 68th overall ranking by ESPN. The Life Center Academy senior is 7’1″ and runs the floor extremely well. By all scouting reports his size, length and bounce is “off the charts” and he should fit into the Maryland offense perfectly.
So while some look at the transfers as loses to the Maryland program, there are certainly gains to come out of the moves. Reed and Trimble will likely now see extended playing roles in their first year and will gain valuable playing experience at a young age. The Terps will enter into a Big Ten conference that is very wide open, and should their experience play out, six seniors on the roster, could surprise some people in their new home.