Maryland basketball has a chance to get its name on the map in the 2021-22 college basketball season. Mark Turgeon got two huge transfer pickups on Saturday morning. Former Rhode Island guard Fatts Russell and former Georgetown big man, Qudus Wahab, will be playing in College Park next season for Maryland. Huge addition for a team that would be middle-of-the-pack in the Big Ten but now can make some serious waves.
How Russell, Wahab Can Impact Maryland Basketball
The senior guard averaged 14.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists for Rhode Island this past season. Russell is a scoring guard who uses his quickness to get around defenders. He has been a reliable three-year starter for the Rams, averaging over 30 minutes a game and over 10 points a game since his sophomore season. Fatts Russell developed into an excellent passer with his time at Rhode Island, having an assist percentage of 27 in his senior season.
Maryland basketball is getting an outstanding player that has shown he can not only make himself better but make his teammates better when he is on the court. The one thing that needs a little work is his three-point shooting. In his junior season, he shot 35% from deep on about six attempts per game. This past season, he showed regression in that part of his game, only knocking down 23% of his attempts. Overall, it is an excellent pick-up for Mark Turgeon, and the culture and atmosphere in College Park should be something to watch out for next year.
This transfer decision threw up a lot of questions from all over the college basketball world. Wahab was a huge key in Georgetown’s game plan and their run in the Big East Tournament to make the NCAA Tournament. Throwing out all of these questions, Maryland Basketball is getting a monster player out of the transfer portal.
The sophomore made a major leap from his freshman year in both minutes and points per game for Georgetown. Wahab averaged 12.7 points, 8.3 rebounds per game in 2020-21. Bringing this type of body into the Big Ten out of the transfer portal is massive for Maryland’s roster. Qudus has a big frame at 6-11, 237 pounds that can affect a lot of things down in the paint.
Maryland’s Projected Starting Lineup
With the addition of both Fatts Russell and Qudus Wahab, they both look to be starting come the first game of the 2021-22 college basketball season. This Maryland Basketball team will be a team to watch as the season progresses next year.
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