Maryland basketball's roster is loaded with talent heading into 2015, and expectations for Mark Turgeon's squad are higher than the expectations for the Steve Jobs movie that's starting to be released nationwide. And on Monday, a list ranking the sport's top players was released, with results that'll only add to the hype that's taken over College Park.
CBSSports.com decided to list who they think are the most talented guys in college basketball, and in all, they came up with 101 names — four of which belonged to Terps. Of course, the one who landed the highest was the team's point guard, Melo Trimble.
The sophomore checked in at the No. 7 spot, and it's clear the site has huge hopes for him in his second campaign. "Trimble having a 'breakout' year is impossible, given what he did a season ago," Matt Norlander, the article's author, wrote. "But in terms of his draft stock, Q rating for the sporting public and impact within the Big Ten and nationally, it's going to be a big-time year for him."
Next up was senior forward Jake Layman at No. 49, who was followed by freshman recruit Diamond Stone at No. 80 and Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon at No. 97. Sulaimon has made the list all four years he's been in school.
There was one notable omission, however: former Georgia Tech stud Robert Carter. Turgeon has been impressed by Carter since he arrived on campus, and if he performs well in his debut season in the Big Ten, he could be a first-round pick in the future. It's understandable why he didn't get mentioned in the rankings considering he sat out last year, but it shouldn't take him too long to remind people just how skilled he is.
Does preseason fodder such as these projections mean that Xfinity Center's residents are guaranteed to make a deep run in the postseason? Of course not. But it is just another indication of how stacked the Terps are, and that Maryland basketball is poised to stake its claim again as one of basketball's elite programs.