Maryland Hoops: Starting Lineup for 2020-21

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PG: Eric Ayala 

Eric Ayala will be entering his junior year for Maryland in 2020. This is a crucial year for him. He’s made strides in his game, as during his sophomore year he averaged 8.5 points per game and 2.5 assists per game. In his junior year, Ayala needs to step up more with star point guard Anthony Cowan graduated. Ayala will play a much bigger role next year, but that should not be an issue for him. Ayala is a skilled guard who has good vision and a good sense of the game. However, he needs to become a more reliable shooter since there will be less scorers on the team this year. The 2020 season will be huge for him but nonetheless, Ayala will be ready for next season.  

Guard : Darryl Morsell

Morsell is a top-notch defender who can shut any guard down in the Big 10. He plays with great enthusiasm and grit and can get to the basket extremely well. Morsell is a physical guard who gets rebounds and loves to play fast.  He averaged 0.8 steals a game in one of the toughest conferences of college basketball last season. Heading into his senior year, Morsell has to declare himself as a leader. Defense will be important for this coming up season for Maryland. If all goes well, Morsell may be a high contender for Big 10 defensive player of the year. Although he can be inconsistent with his shooting, Morsell more than makes up for it with his tenacious defense.  

Guard : Aaron Wiggins

Wiggins has had a phenomenal two seasons with the Terrapins. Wiggins is an incredible shooter who averaged 10.4 ppg in the 2019-20 season. There is a lot of potential surrounding him as he enters his junior year. As a  lanky guard, he may be in line for a breakout season. Wiggins will most likely step into a larger scoring role with the losses of Anthony Cowan and Jalen Smith. In fact, this is a perfect season for Wiggins to do so. Nonetheless, there is a lot of hype around the rising junior who is hoping to make a statement this upcoming season. 

Forward: Donta Scott

As a freshman, Donta Scott had a solid start to his career at Maryland. This past season, Scott was asked to step into a bigger role, and he did not disappoint. Scott is a strong player who can do a little bit of everything. With the incoming transfer, Boston College forward Jairus Hamilton having to sit out a year, Scott is the best option at forward for Maryland. One thing Scott needs to do better this year is at rebounding the ball. With Jalen Smith gone, Maryland lossed a lot of their height. Scott has the potential to become a key piece of the Terrapins roster this year if he can make strides in his game. As a freshman, Scott put up 5.9 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 21.6 minutes per game off the bench. 

Forward : Chol Marial

Chol Marial is a fan favorite for all Terrapin fans. In high school, Marial was one of the top recruits, but due to a tragic injury, missed some of his high school career. Standing at seven-two Marial is a shot blocking machine. His length makes it hard for offensive players to get shots over him. However, his offensive game could use a little bit of work. His size will be able to benefit him in the long run in such a talented conference, and having more game experience will help. In this upcoming season, he will have the chance to prove why he was one of the best big men coming out of high school. Marial has everything in his arsenal to become Maryland’s top player this season, especially with Jalen Smith declaring for the NBA.  

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