There are some pieces of University of Maryland basketball news that have popped up over the course of the last day or so.
Perhaps most notably is Head Coach Mark Turgeon looking to fill scholarship spots vacated by recent transfers. After losing C Shaquille Cleare, wing Nick Faust (City), PG Roddy Peters and most recently G Seth Allen the Terps find themselves with potentially as many as three open scholarships available. (The number depends on whether or not Turgeon extends scholarships for forward Jonathan Graham (Calvert Hall) and G Varun Ram.)
Turgeon is at least attempting to fill one spot with a transfer player, as former University of Hawaii guard Keith Shamburger Tweeted the following.
Shamburger is a 5’11” point guard with one year of eligibility remaining. According to CSNBaltimore.com, he’s looking to take advantage of a NCAA rule that allows players to transfer after graduating and play without sitting out at a school offering a graduate program his previous school did not.
The Los Angeles native averaged 9.3 points, 5.4 assists and three rebounds while starting 30 of 31 games for the Warriors last season. Shamburger previously played at San Jose State in 2011-2012, averaging 13.1 points and 5.2 assists per game. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported the guard decided to transfer from the program after JUCO guard Roderick Bobbitt committed to come to Hawaii.
Shamburger could give the Terps depth at point guard, where incoming freshman Romelo Trimble is widely expected to immediately inherit the starting job.
MITCHELL STILL PARTICIPATING: While rumors swirled last week about the potential that F Charles Mitchell could join the parade of players departing the Terrapins’ program, Mitchell himself was apparently still very much involved with the team.
The Baltimore Sun reported this week the rising junior “hasn’t missed workouts or meetings or talked to coaches about leaving”.
Allen appeared on WNST.net Tuesday to discuss his own decision to leave the program (he said he would take a couple of weeks to determine where) and said he had no inside information about whether or not his former teammate would also depart College Park.
FAUST RE-OPENS COMMITMENT: After originally committing to transfer to Oregon State, Nick Faust is apparently having a change of heart.
The rising senior told SNY.tv this week he would be re-opening his commitment after the Beavers fired head basketball coach Craig Robinson this week. Faust told the site he would still consider heading to Corvallis depending on who they hired to replace Robinson (former UCLA coach Ben Howland is considered the leading candidate for the job).
Faust told SNY that other schools to have been involved in his recruitment include Richmond, Cleveland State, Siena, UCLA, George Mason and George Washington. The Washington Post reported Towson could also be interested in landing the Baltimore native.
NOTES: Peters did not make a scheduled recruiting trip to West Virginia this weekend according to InsideMDSports.com. Peters’ suitors include Oregon, Virginia, Villanova, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Virginia Tech, South Florida and St. Joseph’s according to the site…With Michael Grant hired as the replacement for Fang Mitchell at Coppin State, Bino Ranson is expected to remain in his position on Turgeon’s staff. There is still a spot to be filled on the staff after Scott Spinelli departed for Boston College…Maryland AD Kevin Anderson told the Sun “I totally support” Turgeon at Tuesday’s press conference announcing the Big Ten basketball tournament would head to the Verizon Center in Washington DC. Turgeon has failed to reach the NCAA Tournament in each of his first three seasons since replacing Gary Williams.