Breaking down Maryland's 2011-12 basketball roster

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Here is a look at Maryland's top players entering the 2011-12 season:

Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin: Maryland found a scorer last season in Stoglin, who had at least 20 points in four regular-season games and was named to the All-ACC freshman team. He still seemed to be looking for balance in his game — how to get his teammates involved without losing his aggressive instincts. Coach Mark Turgeon said he'll have to be "selfish" at times because the depleted Terps will need him to score.

Senior guard-forward Sean Mosley: It was no coincidence that Turgeon handed the microphone to Mosley at Maryland Madness and asked him to address the crowd. Turgeon is on a mission to restore the senior's confidence following a season in which he shot 41.3 percent from the field and averaged 8.1 points.

Redshirt freshman forward Ashton Pankey: Turgeon surprised some observers in preseason by saying Pankey, who missed almost all of last season (stress fracture, shin splints), could be the team's best rebounder. "It's a huge part of my game," Pankey said. "I'm trying to start — that's the goal right there."

Sophomore guard Pe'Shon Howard: Turgeon said he loves the sophomore's unselfish game and that it was a "blow" when the guard broke a bone in his foot. He may be able to return in 10 weeks but he may redshirt.

Freshman guard Nick Faust: The flashy, 6-foot-6 guard from City can shoot from outside, dunk and use his length to play defense. "He can jump out of the gym," Pankey said of Faust. "He has an inside-outside kind of game." He'll play point guard in place of Howard, at least to start the year.

Freshman center Alex Len: People who know basketball say Len could eventually be a major contributor — perhaps even an NBA player. But Turgeon said the center has to become accustomed to the game's "physicality." He must sit out 10 games as an apparent penalty by the NCAA for having once signed a club deal overseas.

Sophomore swingman Mychal Parker: Turgeon said he has heard about Parker's potential, while also hearing that he was "a little immature" and "didn't have a great year" last season. Parker played little, averaging just 1.2 points, but is hopeful of getting more time this season.

Junior forward James Padgett: He came in with Jordan Williams and it was Williams — not Padgett — who distinguished himself. Any contribution he makes on this size-challenged team will be valued.

Senior center Berend Weijs: Did he put on enough weight to not get pushed around in the paint? His teammates have always said that Weijs could be an effective shot blocker.

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