Terrapins Improve Roster Under First Year Coach Kevin Willard
After 15 seasons as a head coach at Iona and Seton Hall, Kevin Willard will debut as the head coach of the Maryland Terrapins later this year. Willard helped lead the Pirates to five NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure, reaching the Round of 32 in 2018.
With a rich tradition and history as a program, the Big East Coach of the Year in 2016 will look to sustain the past success and groundwork laid by legends Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams. The former Western Kentucky and Pittsburgh guard hopes to do so by making a splash in the portal, following the same path he took as a player.
MARYLAND TRANSFER ADDITIONS:
JAHMIR YOUNG, CHARLOTTE
19.6 PTS / 5.9 REB / 3.7 AST / 46.8% FG
DONALD CAREY, GEORGETOWN
13.5 PTS / 4.4 REB / 2.9 AST / 1.5 STL
JAHARI LONG, SETON HALL
0.8 PTS / 1.0 REB / 2.2 AST
Charlotte’s Jahmir Young was the centerpiece of the Terps’ transfer class, averaging 19.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists for the 49ers. Young led Charlotte in points, rebounds, and assists, while being named First Team All-Conference USA for the second time in his career. The Upper Marlboro, MD native is currently testing the NBA Draft waters, but would certainly take over the reigns from departing guard Fatts Russell should he return to school.
6-foot-5 guard Georgetown transfer Donald Carey brings experience to the Terps, appearing in 116 games with 108 starts in his career. Maryland will be the fourth school for Carey, who also spent time at Mount Saint Mary’s and Siena. Carey. who is currently testing the NBA Draft process, will unite with fellow Upper Marlboro native Jahmir Young, likely filling out the two guard spots in the starting lineup.
A Kevin Willard recruit from Seton Hall, Jahari Long comes to College Park after two seasons as a Pirate. Long appeared in just five games this past season before missing the remainder of the year due to knee surgery. The Houston, TX native could provide a solid backup guard option for Maryland.
As the Terrapins still have two open scholarships for the 2022-2023 season, they are currently pursuing other transfer options. Washington State transfer Efe Abogidi lists Maryland in his list of finalists, along with Arizona, Florida, and a return to the Cougars. A commitment from the big man would provide quality depth for the Terps’ frontcourt.
TPR’S PROJECTED LINEUP FOR MARYLAND:
JAHMIR YOUNG, G
DONALD CAREY, G
HAKIM HART, G
DONTA SCOTT, F
JULIAN REESE, F
With the transfer additions and return of a trio of contributors, the Maryland Terrapins will look to compete again in the Big Ten after a 15-17 season. If Kevin Willard can land Efe Abogidi, expect his name to be inserted into the starting lineup and for the Terps to have higher expectations.
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