Maryland has kept the momentum of an NCAA tournament appearance going in the offseason, landing five-star center Diamond Stone while both Melo Trimble and Jake Layman have announced that they will be returning to College Park for their respective sophomore and senior seasons.
Those bits of news have garnered the Terrapins some national attention with another positive projection coming on Monday.
Rob Dauster of NBCSports.com ranks Maryland as the No. 2 "winner" of the offseason so far because of the addition of Stone and the retention of Trimble and Layman. He ranks them below only North Carolina (who is returning nearly everyone from last season) and slightly ahead of Providence and Big Ten foe Indiana.
Maryland holds steady at No. 3 overall in NBCSports.com's updated preseason Top 25, which was shuffled a bit after a round of early entrants to the NBA Draft announced their intentions to go pro. In that poll, Maryland sits behind only North Carolina at No. 1 and Iowa State at No. 2.
"The Terps are going to have plenty of firepower up front," Dauster writes. "Georgia Tech transfer Carter and top ten recruit Stone will headline one of the better front lines in the Big Ten."
Maryland will contend for the Big Ten title next season, but early uncertainty has transitioned into good news for a few other schools in the conference, allowing them to make up some ground in the on-paper race.
Both Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams will be back for Indiana, plus the Hoosiers added freshman center Thomas Bryant to the mix. Michigan State also added an inside presence, five-star Caleb Swanigan, who went head-to-head against Stone in the McDonald's All-American Game. Add him to four-stars Deyonta Davis and Matt McQuaid, plus the return of Denzel Valentine and the Spartans will be in business.