Dion Wiley’s weekend at Peach Jam a good sign for Maryland

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Despite winning 25 games last season, perimeter play was an issue for the Maryland Terrapins in 2012-13. Of course there’s the highly discussed point guard situation, with Seth Allen, Nick Faust and the now departed Pe’Shon Howard all getting a shot at running the show.

In addition to the inconsistency at the point, Maryland also had to deal with spotty perimeter shooting. As a team the Terrapins shot 33.9% from beyond the arc, ranking ninth in the ACC in that category. It’s safe to say that improving their production in the backcourt has been a priority of sorts for head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff.

There’s hope that the three-member 2014 class that Maryland’s already received verbal commitments from, Jared Nickens, Romelo Trimble and Dion Wiley, will help address these issues as the Terps make their move into the Big Ten.

And from a shooting standpoint, Wiley’s skills were on full display at the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam in N. Augusta, S.C. this weekend.

Wiley, a native Oxon Hill, Md., knocked down 18 of his 35 attempts from beyond the arc for Team Takeover this weekend. Wiley finished tied with Boo Williams (Va.) guard Robert Johnson for most made three-pointers at Peach Jam, and his 51.4% shooting for deep ranked third in the event.

As for what he believes Maryland needs to add to its 2014 recruiting haul, Wiley’s response to CSN Washington’s Daniel Martin reveals that he’s on the same page with much of the Terrapin fan base.

“Now we need a big,” Wiley says, looking ahead to what Maryland could do for the remainder of 2014. “We know that we can do our job outside, but we need a guy inside.”

For the Terrapins, that means one of three major targets: Trayvon Reed of Georgia, Chinanu Onuaku of Maryland, or Goodluck Okonoboh of Massachusetts.

Maryland has four expected contributors in its front court who will have eligibility remaining come 2014: Evan Smotrycz, Shaquille Cleare, Charles Mitchell and Damontre Dodd, but there’s still a basic need for depth.

Who else Turgeon and his staff are able to add to the program remains to be seen, but the three verbal commits already on board are a very good start for Maryland as they prepare for their new surroundings.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Thanksgiving Day Edition!

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Syracuse vs. No. 18 UConn, 3:30 p.m.

For the first time since the Orange departed the Big East, the two former rivals will square off. Today’s battle will take place at the Battle 4 Atlantis, as the Orange knocked off Charlotte yesterday and the Huskies dispatched Michigan. To get ready for this battle, I’d suggest ready through the conversation @NoEscalators had with himself last night.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 25 Texas A&M vs. No. 10 Gonzaga, 1:00 p.m.

The other semifinal in the Battle 4 Atlantis could end up being just as good, as the Aggies — who might be the second best team in the SEC — square off with a Gonzaga team that has one of the best front lines in the country. This will be a good test to figure out just how good both of these teams are.


1. No. 20 Wichita State vs. USC, 2:00 p.m.: The Shockers will be without Fred VanVleet for this event. It will also be a chance for us to gauge just how good this 4-0 USC team is.

2. No. 23 Xavier vs. Alabama, 12:00 p.m: The Musketeers should have no problems dispatching Alabama.

3. No. 8 Villanova vs. Stanford, 4:30 p.m.: The Wildcats are, once again, as good as any team in the country. Josh Hart might be the nation’s most underrated star.

4. No. 14 Cal vs. San Diego State, 12:00 a.m.: Tyrone Wallace and company have been awesome this season. They get their first real test of the season tonight.

5. Providence vs. Evansville, 7:00 p.m.: Evansville is one of the nation’s best mid-majors, good enough to give the likes of Wichita State and Northern Iowa a fight in the Missouri Valley. And Providence? They got a kid named Kris Dunn. Heard of him?


  • No. 3 Michigan State vs. Boston College, 6:30 p.m.
  • No. 11 Arizona vs. Santa Clara, 11:30 p.m.
  • No. 17 Notre Dame vs. Monmouth, 6:30 p.m.

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”: