On a team dominated by young players, Maryland senior Logan Aronhalt stands out for his maturity, humility and intelligence. Even though it was his lone year in College Park, Aronhalt has become something of a team spokesman. Reporters who need a player to describe the pulse of the Terrapins, often go to Aronhalt.
So Thursday it was no surprise when the 6-foot-3 guard was the lone Terp named to the ACC all-academic team. Players eligible for nomination must have completed the previous semester with a 3.0 grade-point average and have a 3.0 average for their college career.
“I think he’s a quiet kid. I think he leads more by example. He’s in here stretching early. He’s shooting. It’s the reason he makes shots – comes early, stays late,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “More of a calming influence, never really kinda gets excited. He just stays at one level.”
Aronhalt, from Zanesville, Ohio, is averaging 6.4 points per game, hitting 47.7 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. He scored a season-high 26 points in a loss at Boston College.
The kinesiology major came to Maryland this year as a graduate-eligible transfer after playing three years at Albany. Aronhalt has said he might pursue coaching, going against the advice of his father, a high school coach who has warned him against it.
Another possibility is to use his major and become a strength and conditioning coach. He has spent time learning from Maryland strength coach Kyle Tarp.
“I bug Kyle every day,” Aronhalt said. “I’m hoping when I do finish up my degree and my last semester I’ll be doing an internship with him and just try to learn as much as possible. He’s been a great resource for me.”
Duke placed four players on the all-academic team – seniors Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly and freshmen Amile Jefferson and Rasheed Sulaimon – more than any other school. Junior Jarrell Eddie and sophomore Christian Beyer made it from Virginia Tech. The only other school with multiple players on the 14-man squad was Georgia Tech.