Once the 2014-15 season came to an end at the hands of the West Virginia Mountaineers in the NCAA Tournament, it looked like the Maryland Terrapins were going to have a new look next season. The program was coming off a very successful season in their first go-round in the Big Ten, and hope to be a big threat for seasons to come. However, next year’s team will have a different look and feel to it in comparison to this past year’s squad.
Evan Smotrycz? Graduated. Dez Wells? Graduated, also. Richaud Pack? You guessed it…graduated. The status of Jake Layman is up in the air, and it’s expected that freshman Jared Nickens will return to College Park for a second season.
The key piece that people were wondering about was freshman Melo Trimble. After a strong freshman campaign, it was widely speculated that the guard would leave school early for the NBA Draft. We didn’t need to wait long for the decision, and Terrapin fans are rejoicing all over College Park, and the rest of the Big Ten has been put on notice.
This is the time of year where players have to decide whether or not they want to stay in school and continue their development, or leave school early to test the waters in the NBA Draft. However, rarely do you see people make the decision to forego their final year of eligibility, yet stay in school, but that’s the decision that Nebraska’s Walter Pitchford made late Monday evening.
Pitchford is trading in his basketball shoes for a pair of shiny dress shoes. The Cornhuskers’ third-leading scorer during the 2014-15 season is giving up his final year of eligibility to focus on completing his degree in Ethnic Studies. This is a move that is rarely seen by student-athletes at the Division I level, or at the very least, it is not one that is publicized on a frequent basis. Continue reading Nebraska’s Walter Pitchford Leaves Team to Focus on Education→
Entering Saturday’s action, the Virginia Commonwealth Rams were finally starting to look like the team that most people thought they would be when the season started. The Rams entered Saturday on a twelve-game winning streak, and had climbed back to #14 in the country.
Saturday wasn’t a good day for the Rams on more than one front. The Rams saw a 6-point lead at half-time disappear in the second half, and the Richmond Spiders knocked off Virginia Commonwealth 64 – 55 to give the Rams their first Atlantic 10 loss of the year.
The loss wasn’t the worst thing that the Rams had to deal with on Saturday. Senior guard Briante Weber went down with an apparent knee injury late in the second half on a drive to the hoop. He was helped off the court, but was seen back on the bench shortly after, using crutches.