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Turgeon grateful to see Williams get Hall of Fame recognition

Posted on 08 August 2014 by WNST Staff

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Maryland Athletics hosted a luncheon Friday afternoon at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to celebrate Gary Williams’ enshrinement.

Family and friends joined Williams hours prior to the ceremony for a luncheon, which was hosted by Maryland broadcast icon Johnny Holliday.

Director of athletics Kevin Anderson, current men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon, former Terps standout Walt Williams, assistant coaches Billy Hahn and Dave Dickerson, and Williams’ daughter, Kristen Scott, were also in attendance and shared fond memories of the newest member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

“He’s a Hall of Fame Terp,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “The Maryland family appreciates his commitment, dedication, and love for Maryland basketball and the University.”

Williams, who was also selected for induction into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, will be the first coach in history to be selected to both storied institutions in the same year.

“The true test of being a great coach is the relationships you develop with your student-athletes,” said head coachMark Turgeon. “It’s great to see him getting the recognition he deserves. This is an outstanding day for the University of Maryland.”

The enshrinement ceremony is scheduled to begin in the Springfield Symphony Hall at 6:30 p.m. and the event will be broadcasted live on NBA TV.

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Trayvon Reed Will NOT Enroll With UMD

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Trayvon Reed Will NOT Enroll With UMD

Posted on 01 August 2014 by Ethan Stewart

The University of Maryland Basketball Program was dealt a serious blow today as freshman center Trayvon Reed was dismissed from the team as a result of an arrest which occurred on Wednesday night.

Reed was at a 7-11 in Prince George’s County and he attempted to steal 2 candy bars and an ice cream bar by placing the items in his pockets before plain-clothes cops tried to question him.  As Reed was about to be handcuffed he attempted to flee the scene while also hitting the hand of the undercover cop.  Reed was then arrested and charged with theft of under $100, 2nd degree assault and resisting arrest.

In a statement released by University of Maryland Head Basketball Coach Mark Turgeon, “Trayvon failed to meet the standards that are required by the University of Maryland athletics department.”

Although Reed was dismissed from the team and university due to his arrest he is not the only player to leave the program during the offseason as Seth Allen, Roddy Peters, Charles Mitchell, Shaquille Cleare and Nick Faust all handed in transfer requests which were granted by Mark Turgeon.

Reed was supposed to be a part of the highly-touted 2014 freshman class along with Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens and Michal Cekovsky, however, it appears his dreams of playing for the University of Maryland have been dashed.

The dismissal leaves Mark Turgeon’s squad even more short-handed than what had previously been anticipated after the 5 players transferred away from the program earlier this year.

Freshman Michael Cekovsky and sophomore Damonte Dodd will be forcibly thrust into bigger roles than had previously been thought during the upcoming season

Dodd had a lackluster freshman season as he was unable to garner any regular playing time and was missing from games for long stretches of the season.  Cekovsky has received high praise from his coaches as well as Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.  However, Cekovsky was recruited from Slovakia so the transition to basketball in the United States could prove to be a difficult one especially in his first season with the Terps.

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Layman expected to miss 4-6 weeks with hand injury

Posted on 17 July 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced today junior Jake Layman fractured a bone in his left hand during a voluntary team pickup basketball game. Layman is expected to miss four-to- six weeks and will not need surgery. He is expected to be fully recovered when the team begins practice in September.

Layman appeared in 32 games (28 starts), averaging 11.7 points and 5.0 rebounds while averaging a team-high 31.8 minutes per game. He led the Terps with 61 3-pointers made, shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc.

-Maryland-

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Maryland freshman C Reed to miss 2-3 months with ankle injury

Posted on 10 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Reed to Miss 8-to-12 Weeks with Fractured Right Ankle

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced on Tuesday that freshman center Trayvon Reed has been diagnosed with a fractured right ankle. Reed sustained the ankle injury this past April in high school.

The injury was further evaluated during his pre-participation physical and the fracture was discovered at that time. Reed is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks and the injury will not require surgery.

Reed (7-1, 235) is one of two freshman 7-footers joining the Maryland men’s basketball program this season as part of a nationally ranked top-10 recruiting class. The Snellville, Ga. is a four-star prospect and ranked in the top-100 of major recruiting outlets including Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247sports.com.

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Terps add NC A&T transfer Pack, lose forward Mitchell to transfer

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Terps add NC A&T transfer Pack, lose forward Mitchell to transfer

Posted on 22 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Announces Changes to Basketball Roster

Terps sign Cekovsky, Pack; Mitchell leaves to tend to ill grandmother

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon has announced the signing of center Michal Cekovsky (7-0, 225) to the class of 2014 as well as fifth-year senior Richaud Pack (6-3, 185). Pack will be eligible to play immediately. In addition, Charles Mitchell has been granted permission to transfer for his junior season to tend to his ill grandmother.

 

A native of Slovakia, Cekovsky (pronounced Michael Chi-kov-skee) spent the past season with Canarias Academy in Spain.  He is rated on multiple national websites as a four-star recruit.

 

“We’re excited to welcome Michal to the University of Maryland,” Turgeon said. “He has a special skillset for someone of his size and ability. Michal has great speed, athleticism and agility. He’s a versatile player who can play either the four of five positions for us. The combination of both his perimeter play and strong interior game will add a new dimension to our frontcourt.”

 

“I’m excited to be coming to the University of Maryland,” Cekovsky said. “I’ve followed Maryland and have enjoyed getting to know Coach Turgeon and Coach Clark. I first took notice of Maryland when Alex Len played there and I watched how he developed into an NBA player. The opportunity for early playing time was something that excited me and I’m looking forward to being a part of a great program and university.”

 

“First and foremost, Michal is a very high character person with a great work ethic on the court and in the classroom,” said Rob Orellana, director of the Canarias Basketball Academy. “His combination of size, skill, and athleticism makes him a very unique player.  Offensively he can shoot the three, score with his back to the basket, and make plays for others.  Defensively his mobility is a great asset.  Coach Turgeon did a great job selling Michal on the University of Maryland. “

 

Cekovsky joins the ninth-ranked recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN.com for the 2014-15 season. The class includes McDonald’s All-American Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens and fellow seven-footer Trayvon Reed.

 

A recent graduate of North Carolina A&T, Pack (6’3”, 183 pounds) averaged 17.0 points per game on 44.1 percent shooting from the field in 2013-14. In addition, Pack led the Aggies in free throw percentage (.804) and added 4.6 rebounds per game. He poured in a season-high 30 points against NJIT on January 18. Pack also spent two seasons at FIU.

 

“We’re excited to welcome Richaud to the University of Maryland,” Turgeon said. “He comes from a great family and I really enjoyed getting to know Richaud and his mother, Kaija, during this process. Richaud is a great shooter and scorer and will fit in well with our team and system. He will have an opportunity to further his education in business administration, a field he is very passionate about.”

 

“Maryland is a great university with an outstanding reputation for its academics and athletic facilities,” Pack said. “I really believe in Coach Turgeon and I feel I can be a part of something special. I did a lot of research on the business school and I’m excited to pursue my MBA in business administration.”

 

A native of Detroit, Mich., Pack plans to pursue a master’s degree in business administration with a focus in international relations.

 

Mitchell (6-8, 260) averaged 6.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 70 career games (17 starts) over two seasons at Maryland.

 

“Recently, Charles shared with us that his grandmother had become ill,” Turgeon said. “I feel terrible for Charles and his family. Although we will miss Charles, we understand and support his decision to move closer to his home so he can help support and be there for his family. I appreciate Charles’ commitment to our program and he will always be a part of our family.”

 

“I want to especially thank Coach Turgeon for his support and compassion during my family’s time of need,” Mitchell said. “I loved playing for Coach. He is a great man and great coach. The reason I decided to leave Maryland is to be near my grandmother who has been ill over the past year. Knowing that she raised me and is still a very big part of my life, I decided to move closer to home. It’s important for me to be there for my grandmother and to help support my family. I didn’t want to leave, but I have to put my family first. I really enjoyed playing with my teammates and I’ve had a lot of great memories over the last two seasons. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had and wish Maryland nothing but success in the future.”

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Terps promote Warren, add Omidvar as Director of Basketball Operations

Posted on 20 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced today that Cliff Warren has been named assistant coach and Nima Omidvar will assume the responsibilities as director of basketball operations.

Warren originally joined Maryland as the program’s director of basketball operations at the end of April.

“Cliff has been an outstanding addition to our staff this offseason,” Turgeon said.  “Soon after working with Cliff, I realized that I already had the best person in place to assume the role of assistant coach. He has made a seamless transition into our program and will continue to be a valuable asset with his strong ties to our region and his head coaching experience at the Division I level.  Throughout his career, Cliff has been recognized and well-respected for his knowledge of the game, his recruiting ability and his development of players on and off the court.”

Warren spent the past nine seasons as head coach at Jacksonville University, where he became the program’s all-time wins leader (126) and led the Dolphins to a pair of Atlantic Sun Championships in 2009 and 2010. He was also named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year after the 2009 season.

A native of Silver Spring, Md., Warren spent five seasons as an assistant to Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech, where he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to 96 wins and three NCAA Tournament appearances – including the school’s first-ever trip to the NCAA National Championship game in 2004.

Prior to joining the Tech staff, Warren spent three years (1998-2000) as an assistant at Siena College under Hewitt, where he helped lead the Saints to a 66-27 record, two postseason berths and three straight appearances in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament finals.

A 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland, Omidvar joins the Maryland staff with a decade of coaching experience at the collegiate and high school ranks. During his five seasons as a collegiate coach at NC State and Bowie State, Omidvar has played an integral role on teams that have advanced to four NCAA Tournaments.

“We’re happy to welcome Nima back to the University of Maryland,” Turgeon said. “Nima is a great addition to our staff and it’s always exciting to bring back a member of the Terrapin family. His coaching experience combined with the inroads he has made in our community through his background in grassroots basketball makes him the ideal person for this position.”

During his tenure at NC State from 2011-14 as the team’s video coordinator, the Wolfpack advanced to three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and progressed to the Sweet 16 in 2011-12. Omidvar worked with 2014 ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren and was instrumental in helping NC State to three consecutively highly-acclaimed recruiting classes – 2011 (5th), 2012 (8th), 2013 (11th).

Omidvar’s responsibilities at NC State included hosting official and unofficial visits, scouting of opponents, scheduling opponents for the upcoming season and academic monitoring.

Prior to his time at NC State, Omidvar served as the assistant coach for one season at Bowie State (2010-11). The Bulldogs finished with a 23-6 record and were CIAA North regular season champions. Under Omidvar’s direction, Bowie State finished the season ranked 19th nationally in Division II.

Omidvar began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at UNC Charlotte for the 2009-10 season. He was also involved in number of grassroots basketball efforts in Washington, D.C., which included Nike DC Team Takeover, DC Metro Prospects and the I-270 Basketball Club.

Omidvar graduated from Maryland in 2008 with a degree in economics and attended Damascus High School in Damascus, Md.

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Report: Maryland to promote Warren to assistant coach

Posted on 19 May 2014 by Glenn Clark

University of Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon will promote recently hired Director of Basketball Operations Cliff Warren to an assistant coach role, according to a report from the Washington Post Monday. The report said the move is expected by Wednesday.

Warren replaces Scott Spinelli, who departed earlier in the offseason for a similar job at Boston College. Warren will join Bino Ranson (who was held over from Gary Williams’ final staff in College Park) and Dustin Clark (similarly promoted from Director of Basketball Operations after Dalonte Hill resigned during the 2013-2014 season) on Turgeon’s staff. Turgeon will again be looking for a new Director of Basketball Operations for the 2014-2015 season.

Warren is a graduate of Mt. St. Mary’s andplayed for the Mountaineers under legendary head coach Jim Phelan. He has spent the last 10 seasons as the head coach at Jacksonville University in the Atlantic Sun Conference, winning the regular season twice and reaching two NIT’s and a CollegeInsider.com Tournament. Warren is the first former head coach to work under Turgeon since his arrival at Maryland.

The Silver Spring native began his college coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater in 1994. His tenure also includes stops at Siena and Georgia Tech-the latter of which included the Yellow Jackets’ trip to the 2004 National Championship Game under then head coach Paul Hewitt.

NOTES: Former North Carolina A&T guard Richaud Pack has still not announced what school he’d be transferring to. Reports indicated recently he was choosing between Maryland and TCU…Former Georgia Tech forward Robert Carter is still considering a transfer to Maryland according to SNY.tv. Carter visited St. John’s Monday

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Terrapins On the Move To B1G…But Not All the Hoops Guys Are Going Along

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Terrapins On the Move To B1G…But Not All the Hoops Guys Are Going Along

Posted on 02 May 2014 by Dwayne Showalter

What in the world?  It’s the Randy Edsall Exodus II.  This time, Mark Turgeon is taking the hit.  I was on board with Turgeon when he was hired.  Gary Williams supported it, so why shouldn’t I?

So much has changed since Turgeon was brought on after Gary’s last season.  For one, the team hasn’t been in the tournament in either of the three seasons.  After reaching the tournament for the first time under Williams in 1994, Maryland missed the tournament only 3 times.  Williams never won less than 19 games.  The Terps have two 17-15 seasons in the last three.  Things aren’t rosy.  Now players are bailing.  Rising senior guard Nick Faust (City), rising junior center Shaquille Cleare and rising sophomore guard Roddy Peters all announced they were leaving.  Now Seth Allen has joined the fleeing.  It’s a head-scratcher.

I look back and Gary’s turnaround started with a freshman class of Exree Hipp, Duane Simpkins and Johnny Rhodes in the fall of 1992.  It was launched back into the national spotlight when Joe Smith, who became National Player of the Year, started in ’93.  His arrival began a run of 11 straight tournament appearances, two final fours and a national title.

I’m hoping that this incoming freshman class, ranked 10th nationally by rivals.com, will have that sort of impact.  ’Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley and Trayvon Reed sound like they could do it but we’ve seen our share of flops here.  One thing about Gary Williams’ teams though, they always seemed to over-achieve.  No one can say that about Turgeon’s squads in three years on the job.

I’m sure he knows many will say ‘enough is enough’ if things don’t start heading upward in the Big 10 this year.  My question is “what defines heading upward?”  For one, full houses would help.  But the school pushed many long time supporters away with the Comcast Center.  Wins help fill buildings though.  I think they need to win 8 in conference this year (8-10).   Two versus Rutgers, Penn State and Nebraska with home games against Minnesota and Northwestern should produce some wins.  And they’ll have to pull out some games that people won’t give them much of a chance.  8-10 i think should buy Turgeon a chance to find his Joe Smith.  Anything less than that…well there could be a lot more turnover in College Park than just the basketball coach.  The football coach didn’t buy much security last season.  And the AD is responsible for them both.

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Allen becomes fourth Terp to depart program this offseason

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Allen becomes fourth Terp to depart program this offseason

Posted on 02 May 2014 by Glenn Clark

After a week of speculation, Seth Allen and the University of Maryland made official what had been speculated. The rising junior will transfer from the school, becoming the fourth player to choose to depart this offseason.

The combo guard from Virginia joined rising senior wing and City College alum Nick Faust (Oregon State) rising junior C Shaquille Cleare (Texas) and rising sophomore PG Roddy Peters (undecided) in leaving coach Mark Turgeon’s program since the end of 2013-2014 season.

“I’ve grown close to Seth and his family over the past few years, so I am disappointed he has decided to leave Maryland” Turgeon said in a statement. “I wish Seth the best.”

Allen was the first player to commit to the school after Turgeon replaced former head coach Gary Williams.

“I had a great two years there,” Allen told ESPN.com about his decision to depart the program. “And I’m thankful for the opportunity, but I also feel as though it’s time for me to move on.”

The Fredericksburg Christian School alum averaged 13.4 points, three assists and two rebounds over the 20 games he played after returning from injury last season. He was the team’s second leaving scorer. The four departing players averaged 29.9 points per game last season, 42% of Maryland’s total offense.

The Terrapins will return only four players who saw significant minutes last season in rising senior wing Dez Wells, rising senior forward Evan Smotrycz, rising junior forward Jake Layman and (potentially) rising junior forward Charles Mitchell. Mitchell however is rumored to be considering asking for a release from his scholarship as well.

Rising senior forward Jon Graham (Calvert Hall), rising sophomore forward Damonte Dodd and rising senior guard Varun Ram are also slated to return after playing sparingly last season.

Maryland’s 2014-2015 roster will be made up significantly by highly touted freshmen. With Allen gone, incoming freshman Romelo Trimble is the most likely candidate to take over starting point guard responsibilities-although Wells could also help at the position. Fellow incoming freshman Jarred Nickens and Dion Wiley should contribute in the backcourt as well. Incoming freshmen Trayvon Reed and Michal Cekovsky should give a boost to Maryland’s frontcourt.

It is unknown where Allen may consider transferring.

NOTES: Coppin State announced a press conference for Tuesday to announce their new head basketball coach. Maryland assistant Bino Ranson is a finalist for the job, but HoopDirt.com is reporting the Eagles have chosen Stillman College head coach Michael Grant to replace Fang Mitchell.

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Turgeon denies Allen, Mitchell have asked for releases

Posted on 01 May 2014 by Glenn Clark

A tumultuous offseason for Mark Turgeon’s University of Maryland basketball team appeared to take another strange turn Wednesday, as two players were reported to be interested in transferring.

TheRecruitScoop.com reported early Wednesday that rising junior guard Seth Allen has asked for his release from the program and later in the day Terrapin Times reported rising junior Charles Mitchell could also potentially look to leave the program.

Turgeon denied those reports in text messages to the Baltimore Sun and Washington Post Wednesday night. The coach told The Sun the report that Allen had asked for his release was “not true” and the rumors surrounding Mitchell were “not correct”. The Sun and InsideMDSports.com however both reported that Allen had told some teammates he was going to leave.

A source close to the program told WNST.net Wednesday they were unaware if any decisions had been made.

Should either player decide to transfer in the future they would join three players who have already departed the program this offseason. Nick Faust officially transferred to Oregon State earlier Wednesday, big man Shaquille Cleare previously transferred to Texas and Roddy Peters has not yet decided where he will be transferring.

Changes to the Maryland coaching staff and players being recruited over have all lead to these defections. The Terps could be without all three assistant coaches they started the 2012-2013 season with in a few days. They already lost Dalonte Hill (resignation after a third DUI arrest) during the course of the season and Scott Spinelli (accepted similar position at Boston College) after the season ended. Fellow assistant Bino Ranson is a finalist to replace Fang Mitchell at Coppin State along with former Eagles great Larry Stewart and George Mason assistant Eric Skeeters.

Turgeon has brought in a highly regarded recruiting class that could take playing time away from whatever players remain from last season’s team. Incoming guard Melo Trimble is widely believed to be ready to inherit the starting point guard responsibilities, potentially relegating Allen to the bench if he stays. Jarred Nickens and Dion Wiley are also expected to get early playing time in the backcourt. Mitchell’s potential playing time could be affected by incoming big men Trayvon Reed and Michal Cekovsky as well. Rising sophomore Damonte Dodd is also believed to be poised to get more playing time in 2014-2015.

While Turgeon’s texts to the area news outlets appear to show the players in question will not be departing, the Post stated Turgeon had texted a similar response when rumors of Faust’s transfer began to swirl.

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