Seth Allen is early leader for Terps' point guard spot next season

Howard transfer opens up playing time

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April 08, 2013|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Mark Turgeon once likened Seth Allen to Miami point guard Shane Larkin. He didn’t mean that Allen was there quite yet.

After all, Larkin averaged 14.5 points and 4.6 assists and led the ACC in steals. It helped that Larkin, a sophomore, had multiple seniors to play with.

But there are some comparisons to be made. Allen, a freshman, is quick and athletic. A former defensive back, he has good anticipation on defense and good hands.  Allen is crafty enough to penetrate into the lane, and he can hit the 3.

Maryland must be impressed by Allen because he is being seen  -- by the people who matter – as the man to lead the Terps at point guard next season with the transfer of Pe’Shon Howard. Allen just needs to learn to think more like a "1."

Having Allen run the point – with incoming freshman Roddy Peters as the backup -- would allow Nick Faust to remain primarily a scorer and would permit Peters some time to grow into the position.

Allen broke his shooting hand near the end of the season, but is expected to be fine.

Keep in mind that the Terps have filled only nine of the 13 team scholarships and are always on the lookout for more players, even at this relatively late stage.

One (shooting) guard who won’t be a Terp next season – but still could be in the future – is Sam Cassell Jr.  We spotted him after one of Maryland’s NIT games.  After enrolling at junior college, I’m sure he’s still on Maryland’s radar.  

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