Earlier this week, the Maryland Terrapins got some tough news as they learned Aaron Wiggins would be remaining in the 2021 NBA Draft and foregoing his remaining eligibility with the program. While Terp fans knew this was a possibility, it will certainly be a major blow for Mark Turgeon as he hoped to build off last year.
Wiggins arrived on campus in 2018 as a top 50 prospect and largely lived up to the hype, playing 96 games for the Terps and averaging an impressive 33.0 minutes, 14.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game last year. His performance was a key part of Maryland’s run to the Big Ten title in 2020 and what should have been three NCAA appearances.
Generally speaking, Wiggins isn’t viewed as a marquee NBA prospect. It’s unlikely he’ll land in the First Round, but could sneak into the Second. Additionally, he recently played at the NBA’s G League camp and should get more than a fair shot in the Summer and G Leagues to prove himself worthy of an NBA roster spot for next season. And for a player with a few college seasons already under his belt, that’s not a bad spot.
The Terps still have some serious pieces for next season, even without Wiggins. Eric Ayala returns in the backcourt, the team is adding key transfers like Fatts Russell and Pavlo Dziuba, and have some interesting young players like Donta Scott. That should be more than enough to remain in the NCAA Tournament picture and we’ll have to see how it shakes out.