Maryland Basketball: Terps Pursuing VCU Transfer Larrier


Feb 4, 2015; Fairfax, VA, USA; Virginia Commonwealth Rams guard Terry Larrier (22) dunks the ball in front of George Mason Patriots guard Marquise Moore (22) at Patriot Center. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

The excitement is building around Maryland basketball for the upcoming season, and rightfully so. Mark Turgeon and company have built a squad that is currently the early favorite to win the national championship next season. The Terps have the potential to be even better, as they are currently in the running for Virginia Commonwealth transfer forward Terry Larrier.

Now, let’s not look at Larrier as another piece on an already stacked team, but more so a player who has the ability to produce for Maryland in the future. Larrier will have to sit out the next season, regardless of the school he chooses to attend. The rising sophomore was the 34th best prospect coming out of high school in 2014, according to the 247Sports Composite. As a freshman with the Rams, Larrier averaged 6.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. 

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There is no question that the Terps have all of the necessary tools to win it all in the 2015-16 season, but what happens after that? They are likely to lose at least four of their keys players to either graduation or the NBA Draft. Rasheed Sulaimon and Jake Layman will be graduating and Melo Trimble, Diamond Stone, and perhaps Robert Carter are likely to enter the draft.

Larrier would be able to lighten the blow that could be left after next season. He may not be a household name yet, but playing for a program like Maryland could really benefit him in his career. If Trimble and Stone both decide to jet for the pros, Larrier would have the opportunity to play a huge role for the Terps for years to come. His pedigree, alone, should have fans excited about the potential for him to bring his talents to College Park.

The Maryland basketball program is one that is on the rise, but perennial powerhouses are not simply built in one season. Schools like Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and North Carolina have a history of winning and are always in the mix come late March.

Maryland has a ways to go before they get the respect that such programs garner, but continuing to be aggressive on the recruiting trail shows that the Terps are in it for the long haul.

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