Entering the NBA Draft prior to finishing college is often a tough decision that has the possibility of changing a young athlete's life, so it makes sense that some players struggle when deciding whether to pursue their professional dreams or return for another season on campus.
Sometimes those decisions can confuse the people that follow such things, too, like Terrell Stoglin's decision on Sunday night to leave the Maryland Terrapins for the upcoming NBA Draft. Stoglin isn't included in the majority of mock drafts and had already declared that he'd be returning for his junior season, leading to confusion when Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports broke the news on Monday morning.
There's been a bit of clarification, however, that gives the decision a bit more clarity.
Terrell Stoglin and Mychal Parker left after a year suspension for a violation of the University of Maryland Student-Athlete Code of Conduct— Jeff Barker (@sunjeffbarker) April 30, 2012
Our friends over at Testudo Times, SB Nation's Terps blog, wrote that this will be a huge blow to their chances at success next season.
With Stoglin, many were speculating and picking Maryland as a top 25 team to start the 2012-2013 season. It also seemed to be the perfect opportunity for Maryland to jump back into the national spot light with their game against Kentucky at the new Barclay Center in Brooklyn, a game which many thought Maryland could win. But with Stoglin's departure, the chances of Maryland upsetting Kentucky just dropped considerably.
The other thing that just dropped considerably is Maryland's chances of returning to the NCAA Tournament next season. I'm not saying it can't and won't happen, but without Stoglin, the chances of that happening are definitely reduced.
Considering the new details about Stoglin's year-long suspension, it isn't a surprise that he's decided to leave school rather than staying on campus without the ability to play basketball next season. It'll be interesting what awaits if his future doesn't include the NBA, however.