After the departure of small forward Haukur Palsson left the University of Maryland basketball team with only eight players under scholarship for the 2011-12 season, newly arrived head coach Mark Turgeon said that he will hold open tryouts to fill out the team's remaining roster spots.
To his credit, Turgeon is saying all the right things leading up to what will clearly be a transition year for the program. Here's what he told the Washington Post on Tuesday:
"I'm not saying we're going to lose next year, because we're going to try to win every game. I don't know what lies ahead. I don't know how good our players are."
He went on to say that the team does not need a complete overhaul, but they lack depth. Two non-scholarship players have already been added to the Terrapins roster, Spencer Barks, a 6-8 center from St. Albans, and John Auslander.
But still, tryouts? This might be a long season for the Terps.