Seth Allen arrived at Maryland as the least heralded of its four freshman recruits. But few who have seen him play would be surprised if he leaves as the most celebrated.
So obvious are the talents of the high-leaping, smooth-shooting, slick-handling Allen that it's hard not to wonder how he arrived in College Park with only three stars attached to his name.
As Maryland progresses through this breakthrough season, one of the most interesting storylines surrounds the development of the 6-foot-1 Allen, perhaps the Terrapins' most explosive player.
On many teams Allen would be in the lineup by necessity. That he scored 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in his ACC debut Saturday against Virginia Tech suggests that Allen is ready for a major role. So do his shooting numbers -- 46.3 percent from the floor and 40.0 percent from beyond the arc.
But Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has the luxury of spoon-feeding his first recruit. It's clear the coach has a special relationship with Allen, who committed to the Terps five days after Turgeon was hired.
Talking about how he has learned to handle sophomore Alex Len and freshman Jake Layman gently in practice, Turgeon contrasted them to Allen.
"I can yell at Seth every day and he smiles," Turgeon said. "He gets what I'm saying to him."
It's unlikely any Maryland fans are still missing departed ACC scoring leader Terrell Stoglin. But if so, they can find solace in another left-hander. Allen is taller, quicker, has more shooting range and -- apparently -- pays more attention to the coach.
- Kevin Dunleavy