Turgeon has also said previously that Len and Shaquille Cleare are the two hardest working players on the team, which leads me to believe that Cleare will also be starting come opening night. There's a part of me that thinks Turgeon will start James Padgett because he's from Brooklyn, N.Y., where the game will be played, but if Kentucky starts its two prized freshmen, 6-10 Nerlens Noel and 7-foot Willie Cauley Stein, I think Cleare will get a bulk of the playing time if he can stay out of foul trouble.
After Len, and possibly Cleare, the rest of Maryland's starting lineup, is still up for debate.
Considering how much Turgeon has talked up junior Pe'Shon Howard since Media Day, I think Howard will be the point guard, with freshman Seth Allen as his backup. That leaves sophomore Nick Faust, freshman Jake Layman and transfer Dez Wells as the other candidates to start.
Faust, who had a great second half to his freshman year, would likely start at shooting guard if Wells remains ineligible after leaving Xavier. From everything I've seen and heard, Wells has had a much better preseason than Faust, who still tends to play a little out of control. Faust can play three positions in Turgeon's offense - point guard, shooting guard and small forward - so Turgeon can find a play in the starting lineup if he deserves one.
If Wells doesn't get his eligibility back until January, or even next season, then Faust will likely start the season as the shooting guard and Layman at small forward. Faust was Maryland's best defensive player on the perimeter, and that goes far with Turgeon in terms of playing time. Layman has put on some muscle since arriving on campus this summer and can be used at power forward if Turgeon to back up Cleare along with Charles Mitchell.
Based on what Turgeon did his first season in College Park, his starting lineup can change a bunch of times between now and Nov. 9. I think he is probably going to keep everyone - his players in particular as well as fans and media - guessing so that his players don't take it for granted and keep working hard in practice. I think that might be the case all the way the non-conference schedule as well.