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Maryland Terrapins’ Players Need To Stop Being Selfish At Critical Points

The Maryland Terrapins continue to have players who want to be the hero. All that is going to get you is a bunch of wannabe heroes leading the team to the NIT.

When I saw point guard Dez Wells throw up a tough shot in the Terps’ last possession of the game against the Connecticut Huskies last Friday, it brought back the terrible times of the 2012-13 season, or even the 2011-12 season when Terrell Stoglin was on the team the year before Wells arrived via transfer.

The Terps have talent to be a top 25 team, but part of their problem is the fact that the team continues to have players who want the ball in their hands as the one and only option in the late stages of games. Part of that is good because you always want players who are confident in their abilities, but smart decisions have to come into play at some point.

Wells, in my opinion, is the leader of the Terps. Every leader and every person in life in general has some sort of selfishness to them, and that is fine to a certain degree.

But there is a problem when Wells sets the example for the team. If he’s going out and trying to be the hero all the time then his fellow teammates may try and do the same. It has allowed guys like James Padgett in the past to take bad shots he shouldn’t have, and a current player like Nick Faust takes questionable shots as well. Learn to play together for once.

If Terps’ head coach Mark Turgeon can’t get into the players’ minds that they need make better decisions with the ball, then the team has a big problem going forward.

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