Fans of the Maryland Terrapins got some tough news this week as they learned guard Serrel Smith would be entering the transfer portal. Smith only saw limited playing time last season, but was a key reserve in the backcourt moving forward. Mark Turgeon and his staff will now have to find a replacement.
Serrel Smith Jr. is transferring from the Terps and a once big hole at PG is now even bigger. https://t.co/G42UiphBd5— NBC Sports Terps (@NBCSTerps) May 26, 2020
As a recruit, Smith was rated as a three-star prospect in the 2018 recruiting class and seemed like a player that could emerge down the line for the Terps. The question would be how he developed behind players like Anthony Cowan.
And for the most part, Smith largely lived up to those expectations at Maryland. He played in a total of 61 games during two seasons with the Terps and averaged 10.0 minutes per game. Smith was clearly a reserve and needed to improve his offensive production, but seem destined for a bigger role once Cowan graduated.
Unfortunately, fans will never know what Smith could have been with the program as he will now depart. Turgeon will now have to address some genuine roster issues in the backcourt. Eric Ayala and Darryl Morsell are both set to return, but there isn’t a ton proven behind them. In the event of any injuries, Maryland is going to have to rely heavily on freshmen Marcus Dockery and Aquan Smart without some further roster additions.
Fans obviously have to be disappointed with this news, but Maryland still remains in good shape for this season. We’ll have to sit back and see how things shake out.