Over the history of the program, Maryland basketball has seen numerous talented players come through College Park. After looking at some of the best point guards the Terps have had to offer, it’s time to examine the top Maryland wing players.
Wings -- for this list -- are defined as shooting guards and small forwards. The players selected may have spent some time in other positions at Maryland, but this is where a majority of their work was done.
Here are the 10 best wings in Maryland history.
Bob Kessler (1953-56)
Kessler’s sophomore and junior years at Maryland were statistically great, and the wing also helped the program begin a journey toward prominence in the ACC. He averaged 20 points and at least 11 rebounds per contest in his final two seasons, being selected to the All-ACC team both years.
Gary Ward (1963-66)
Ward nearly averaged a double-double for his career at Maryland, scoring around 16.2 points per game and bringing in 9.5 rebounds per game throughout his three years as a Terp.
Known as the “Spider,” his best season came in 1964-65 when he averaged 18.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per contest.
Albert King (1977-81)
King put together a great four years at Maryland, with his junior year topping all others. Averaging 21.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, he was named ACC Player of the Year and led the Terps to a Sweet 16 appearance.
Adrian Branch (1981-85)
The most impressive part about Branch’s game was how well he performed statistically even while having to share the ball with Len Bias. Some would have crumbled, but he was a perfect compliment during their time together and shined prior to Bias’ arrival.
Branch averaged over 16 points per game during four seasons as a Terp and finished his career with 2,017 points. The DeMatha High School product helped lead Maryland to two Sweet 16 appearances.
Len Bias (1982-86)
One of the easiest selections to the list, Bias is one of the best Maryland players ever, period. In fact, it’s not wrong to consider him one of the best collegiate players in the history of the sport.
After a quiet freshman year, Bias’ sophomore year in which he averaged 15.3 points per game was a sign of things to come. Averaging 18.9 points per game during his junior season and 23.2 points per game his senior year, Bias earned back-to-back ACC Player of the Year honors.
Bias left Maryland with 2,149 career points, good enough for No. 3 all-time. If it were not for his tragic death just days after being drafted No. 2 overall by the Boston Celtics, Bias was destined for a dominant NBA career as well.
Walt Williams (1988-92)
Williams did carry the ball up the court and handle it quite often for Maryland during part of his time there, but his size and ability to play off-ball puts him on this list.
The 6-foot-8 forward got progressively better each year he was a Terp. His junior season saw him average over 18 points, five rebounds and five assists per game. Impressive enough, he took his game to a whole other level during his senior year. Averaging 26.8 points per game, he earned First Team All-ACC honors as well as Second Team All-America honors.
That performance during the 1991-92 season still holds as one of the best individual seasons in Maryland and NCAA history.
Johnny Rhodes (1992-96)
Rhodes could score with the best of them in college (1,743 career points) but he was also a dominant 3-and-D player for the Terps.
With 186 made threes and 344 steals, Rhodes was productive on both ends of the floor en route to three NCAA Tournament appearances with Maryland during his time there.
Keith Booth (1993-97)
Booth’s four years at Maryland was a model of consistent success. He averaged double-digit points in each of his campaigns, including a phenomenal senior season in which he scored 19.5 points per contest and earned First-Team All-ACC honors. He also helped the Terps reach the Sweet 16 twice.
Not only could Booth score the ball (1,776 career points), but he could rebound as well. The wing nearly eclipsed the 1,000 mark finishing with 916 boards during his time at Maryland.
Juan Dixon (1998-2002)
A bonafide Maryland legend, you don’t have to look far through the record book to see Dixon’s name. The guard ranks first all-time in scoring for the program with 2,269 points. He also holds the Maryland record for most made three-pointers with 239.
Beyond the stats, Dixon became a legend because he helped the Terps reach the pinnacle of success. After a Final Four trip in 2001, Dixon led Maryland to the national title in 2002.
Byron Mouton (2000-02)
Mouton only spent two seasons at Maryland after transferring from Tulsa but makes the list because he did something very few have done as a Terp: help bring a National Championship to College Park.
During the 2002 season, Mouton averaged 11.1 points and five rebounds and was a key piece of the title team.
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