News broke out today that will most certainly upset Maryland Terrapins fans around the country.
Freshman Sam Cassell Jr. has been ruled ineligible for the upcoming season and possibly more, according to sources.
Cassell, a 6’3 guard who was poised for a big freshman year due to his offensive prowess and playmaking ability, will most likely not be able to offer his services to Maryland due to NCAA eligibility issue. Cassel was a highly touted recruit, who considered school such as Connecticut and Florida State, before settling on Maryland.
Cassell attended Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Massachusates last year as a post-graduate student last year. The controversy here most likely relates to the courses he took at Notre Dame, or courses he took at his former schools in his hometown of Baltimore,Maryland.
The absence of Cassell will certainly hurt Maryland, but it won’t ruin them. Maryland has a good amount of entering guards this year including combo-guard freshmen Seth Allen and transfer Logan Aronhalt. Both of these players will most likely receive an increased workload than what was previously planned for them. Maryland’s expectations for P’Shonn Howard, are also higher as he comes off an ACL injury that ended his season last year.
Cassell will certainly be missed, but Maryland has the depth at guard this year to still have a successful season despite the bad news concerning the incoming freshman.
Maryland’s athletic department has yet to release any information regarding Cassell’s eligibility.