The Maryland basketball team had a disappointing season, finishing 19-13 and missing out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time in four years. But the Terps will be a much more dangerous team next season, according to Ken Pomeroy.
The statistician released his projected Top 11 for 2018-19, and Maryland — the only Big Ten Team listed — checks in at No. 11.
Here's my computer's top 10 for 2019 assuming everyone in @DraftExpress top 40 leaves: 1) Kansas, 2) Duke, 3) Villanova, 4) Auburn, 5) Kentucky, 6) North Carolina, 7) Nevada, 8) West Virginia, 9) Gonzaga, 10) Virginia, 11) Maryland.
— Ken Pomeroy (@kenpomeroy) March 24, 2018
Maryland battled injury trouble through much of the past season, perhaps most devastatingly in the form of forward Justin Jackson‘s season-ending torn labrum. The Terps were 11-3 when his injury was announced, only falling deeper in the Big Ten standings as the season wore on. Maryland’s campaign finally ended with a 59-54 loss to Wisconsin in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.
But the future looks bright. Maryland hauled in the No. 2 class in the Big Ten and the No. 14 class in the nation for the class of 2018, according to 247Sports. The class is headlined by 5-star recruit Jalen Smith, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Baltimore, Md. There’s also a lot of excitement surrounding 4-star recruit Aaron Wiggins, a 6-foot-6 small forward from High Point, NC.
There’s some uncertainty about how the rest of Maryland’s roster will look next season. Jackson is rumored to be considering declaring for the NBA Draft, and forward Bruno Fernando has been listed in mock drafts. So has Kevin Huerter.
It’s unlikely all of Jackson, Fernando and Hurter depart. With a stacked incoming recruiting class, the veterans might want to help Maryland bounce back.