Evaluating Logan Aronhalt to Maryland

Maryland Terrapin fans were delivered a bit of a shock when Terrell Stoglin opted for the NBA in the final moments of underclassmen declarations. It turned out that he’d been suspended for the year, so he really had little choice. Couple this with Pe’Shon Howard’s knee surgery, Sean Mosley’s graduation and the transfer of Mychal Parker, and depth on Maryland’s perimeter suddenly became a concern.

Enter the graduate transfer rule. Shooting guard Logan Aronhalt has graduated from Albany, and now will be enrolling in grad school at Maryland. That, and playing basketball.

Aronhalt is coming off surgery of his own, though he should be good to go in a couple months.

At Albany, Aronhalt was a high volume player. He took over 26% of the shots in all three of his seasons, and maintained an assist rate under 10 (in other words, be careful when you give him the ball because you ain’t getting it back). But he does something which the rest of the Maryland players cannot do.

He makes threes.

He made 37% as a sophomore and 36% as a junior. Those aren’t world-beater numbers, but keep in mind that Maryland doesn’t return a single player who shot better than 27% from deep. And that will be his role. He’ll help a bit with ball pressure, but really he’ll be out there to knock down the three.

This means that Pe’Shon Howard better be healthy. Otherwise the freshmen will be forced to contribute at the point. And in the ACC, that typically doesn’t end well.