Ranking the Terps: #8 and #9Posted on October 31, 2013 by Nick Keninitz
As basketball season rapidly approaches we are beginning a series that will rank the nine scholarship players on the men's basketball team this year (yes, including Seth Allen). Now these aren't strictly our opinions, but the cumulative opinion of various people in the Terps community. We reached out to our friends at Terrapin Nation, Terrapin Station and Testudo Times for their rankings as well. These rankings that we are releasing are the aggregate of ten voters.
Up first our the eighth and ninth ranked Terps, not shockingly the two freshman -- Roddy Peters and Damonte Dodd.
#9 - Damonte Dodd
Damonte was the unanimous choice for the ninth spot. Not because he isn't talented, but likely because he will probably play the least of any scholarship player. In addition, he is extremely raw at this point and limited offensively.
Measurables: 6'10", 240lbs
Hometown: Centreville, MD (Queen Anne's County HS)
Recruiting rankings: ESPN (NR, 3 star), Rivals (NR, 3 star), Scout (NR, 4 star), 24/7 (#174, 3 star)
Role this season: Dodd will serve as the second or third big-men off the bench, playing behind Shaquille Cleare and Chuck Mitchell. Dodd will not be asked to do much offensively besides finish around the rim, but expect Mark Turgeon to use him as a defensive presence for 10 minutes a game or so. He runs the floor well, so he could be part of a lineup that Turgeon will use to press or get out on the break.
Average rating in our survey: 9.00 (highest - 9, lowest - 9)
Bold prediction: Dodd registers 5+ blocks in at least three games this season.
#8 - Roddy Peters
Roddy comes in at the eighth spot, largely due to inexperience. A couple voters were higher on Roddy, but eight of ten had him ranked 7th or 8th. Given the injury to Seth Allen he becomes more important, and if he somehow can be a top 5 player on this team it will be huge for Maryland's success this year.
Measurables: 6'3", 195lbs
Hometown: District Heights, MD (Suitland HS)
Recruiting rankings: ESPN (#52, 4 star), Rivals (#48, 4 star), Scout (#44, 4 star) , 24/7 (#20, 5 star)
Role this season: Roddy will begin the season as the backup point guard to Dez Wells. With Seth Allen out for 8-10 weeks, Roddy will be called upon immediately to play significant minutes at the point guard spot. He currently excels in the open floor, getting to the basket and finding open teammates. Expect Roddy to see the floor a ton in non-conference play and try to learn on the fly.
Average rating in our survey: 6.89 (highest - 3, lowest - 8)
Bold prediction: He claims the starting PG spot by mid-December, and holds onto it even when Seth Allen returns.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for #6 and #7.