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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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Maryland names Warren Director of Basketball Operations

Posted on 23 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Turgeon Adds Warren to Coaching Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced the hiring of Cliff Warren as the team’s director of basketball operations.

“Cliff is an outstanding addition to our staff,” Turgeon said. “He brings a wealth of experience at the collegiate level and has had success at a number of different programs. We’re excited for Cliff and his family to return to the Maryland area.”

Warren spent the past nine seasons as head coach at Jacksonville University, where he accounted for 126 wins – a program coaching record – 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.

Warren began his career at his alma mater, Mount St. Mary’s, and helped guide the Mountaineers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995. He graduated from Mount St. Mary’s in 1990.

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Glenn’s Drew’s Morning Dish: Incoming Terps better be as good as advertised

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Glenn’s Drew’s Morning Dish: Incoming Terps better be as good as advertised

Posted on 09 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

(Glenn’s Drew’s morning Dish is brought to you to by Koons Baltimore Ford. Unless they don’t want it to be.)

Since I’m in for Drew Forrester (with Luke Jones) on The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction today, I figured I wouldn’t hold back.

(As you read this, just remember that Drew is currently no more than three to four feet from Jim Nantz and will almost certainly not leave that space for the next 16 hours.)

As you probably heard Tuesday, there was a “mass exodus” of sorts from the University of Maryland basketball program. Roddy Peters, Nick Faust and Shaquille Cleare all chose to transfer out of coach Mark Turgeon’s program, depleting a roster than would have been the deepest of Turgeon’s era.

Reaction from Terrapins fans and those around the program was at least a bit mixed. This Twitter response to the news from WNST listener Sam Bruck was not uncommon from those in the Maryland fan base…

Meanwhile former Maryland G Terrell Stoglin had some very different thoughts about his former coach and former teammate (Faust)…


I talked to Stoglin Tuesday night about Turgeon off the record, I’m hoping we’ll be able to connect with him in Italy on Wednesday’s show. I reached out to Faust but didn’t hear back (I did briefly speak with his father) and I didn’t bother trying to get in touch with Turgeon after reading the incredibly vague comments he gave the Washington Post about all three players Tuesday night.

At 6am Wednesday, I’m forced to tell you that I can’t say with certainty what happened with the three players who chose to transfer out of the Maryland basketball program Tuesday.

I’m not sure that matters though. Having been around the program and having talked to others around the program it doesn’t seem like it would be hard to do some reasonable deductions.

Faust has been moved from role to role during his three years in College Park. The former City College standout has played at both the two and three as well as spending part of the 2012-2013 season at the point. Just this past season he mostly came off the bench to provide a defensive presence for the Terps while still getting mostly starters minutes. While Faust’s defense made him more valuable than most Maryland fans will want to admit, his inconsistent shooting and puzzling basketball IQ decisions lead to him never really living up to his expectations as a top recruit.

Faust won’t be graduating in time to avoid sitting out a year via transfer but could be capable of making a Danny Miller-like move and offering some role player help to a team in need of veteran assistance at a high level in 2015-16.

Cleare was also a highly sought after big man recruit out of Texas, but had only recently started playing the game after growing up in the Bahamas. Cleare struggled to adapt to the college level and never showed signs of consistency in his two seasons. You can only imagine he’ll be transferring down a level to try to develop further against lesser competition.

Peters is the most surprising and frustrating of the group, as he was considered a major pickup after Turgeon couldn’t land Kentucky stars Aaron and Andrew Harrison. Peters came to Maryland in large part because of the work former assistant Dalonte Hill put in during his recruitment. After Hill departed Maryland and Peters struggled to see the floor in his freshman campaign, it seems logical that he’ll look for a fresh start-also likely at a major program-in 2015.

Some will see three players depart a program and consider it a “mutiny” of sorts. Some will say Turgeon doesn’t have control of his own program. Some will say it’s further evidence he won’t be able to succeed at Maryland. With the defections coming at the same time Turgeon’s top assistant (Scott Spinelli) appears ready to depart, it’s easy to understand why those statements will be made.

I don’t know what’s going to happen in the rest of Mark Turgeon’s tenure at Maryland, but I know he isn’t going anywhere. Turgeon is under contract for five more seasons and even the new Big Ten Network money infusing the athletic department won’t be enough for a firing to even be considered this year or next.

In the meantime, there’s still reason for hope.

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Faust, Peters, Cleare all transferring from Maryland

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Faust, Peters, Cleare all transferring from Maryland

Posted on 08 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Rising senior wing Nick Faust (City), rising sophomore point guard Roddy Peters (Suitland) and rising junior big man Shaquille Cleare have all been granted releases from their scholarships and will transfer from the University of Maryland, head coach Mark Turgeon announced Tuesday.

Faust averaged 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and two assists per game in 2014 and was named the team’s top defensive player at their end of season banquet. He played in 102 games for the Terrapins over his three seasons (making 66 starts). Faust was originally recruited to Maryland by Gary Williams’ staff but was considered a priority by Turgeon and re-committed in large part due to his relationship with assistant coach Bino Ranson, who was retained after the coaching change.

Peters averaged just over four points and two assists in his freshman campaign last year after joining the Terps as a highly touted recruit from the DC area. Peters’ commitment came in large part because of the work former Turgeon assistant Dalonte Hill did in recruiting. Cleare averaged just three points and 2.5 rebounds during his sophomore season and has been considered a disappointment after being a highly coveted recruit from the Houston area.

“I really enjoyed coaching Nick, Shaq and Roddy,” Turgeon said in a statement. “It is unfortunate that they will no longer be a part of the program. I wish them the very best in their future endeavors.”

There had been rumors that Cleare and Faust were considering transfers for weeks after the end of the Terrapins’ season. Peters is the only “surprise” of the group, but he did not develop the way many expected during the course of his freshman campaign and his relationship with Hill could certainly have played a role in the decision.

All three players also appeared to be in risk of losing minutes in 2014-2015 due to a regarded class of incoming freshman. Incoming PG Romelo Trimble was expected to compete for a starting job early on, leaving Peters’ playing time at least somewhat in doubt. Incoming guards Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens could compete for playing time behind rising senior Dez Wells and rising juniors Seth Allen and Jake Layman at the wing positions. Cleare would have been battling for playing time against incoming freshman Trayvon Reed and Michal Cekovsky as well as rising junior Charles Mitchell, rising senior Evan Smotrycz and rising sophomore Damonte Dodd.

Rising senior F Jonathan Graham (Calvert Hall) and rising senior G Varun Ram were also on scholarship in 2013-2014, they could fill out Maryland’s available scholarships for 2014-2015 or Mark Turgeon could continue recruiting incoming freshmen or potential transfers.

While depth could have played a role in the Terps’ decisions to transfer, Maryland will be counting on freshmen to play major roles next season. The Terps will have just five players on the roster who have played significant roles previously at the college level in Wells, Allen, Layman, Smotrcz and Mitchell.

NOTE: ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman reported Tuesday that new Boston College coach Jim Christian is indeed “on the verge” of hiring Maryland assistant Scott Spinelli as reports had indicated he would Monday.

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Turgeon, Terps add big man but could lose top assistant

Posted on 07 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

There was mixed news for the current University of Maryland men’s basketball program Monday as the fanbase celebrated the election of former head coach Gary Williams to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

First, multiple sources reported the program added a late member to their already heralded 2014 recruiting class. Michal Cekovsky is a seven foot Slovakian native who comes to College Park from the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain.

Cekovsky chose Maryland over offers from Louisville and Arizona according to a report from 247Sports.com (ESPN reported Florida, Florida State, UConn and Oregon had all made offers as well) and is considered a four star prospect by most major recruiting services. Cekovsky is believed to be capable of making an impact for the Terps immediately.

The Slovakian big man joins a recruiting class that includes another incoming big man (Trayvon Reed) as well as wing players Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley and Jarred Nickens. The class was already regarded as one of the best in the country.

Front court play was an issue throughout the season for the Terps after the departure of first round NBA Draft pick Alex Len following his sophomore season in 2012-2013. Rising junior Charles Mitchell averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game to provide the most consistency of the group. Fellow rising junior Shaquille Cleare was hardly a factor in 2013-2014, rising sophomore Damonte Dodd played limited minutes during the course of the season, rising senior Jonathan Graham (a transfer from Penn State) was equally limited in playing time. Rising senior Evan Smotrycz (a Michigan transfer) is listed as a power forward but plays much more of a wing position.

The addition of Cekovsky causes a bit of a scholarship logjam for the Terrapins, as they were already slated to have the full allotment of 13 scholarship players on the roster. There have been rumors of potential transfers (Cleare and rising senior Nick Faust have been the two most popular names involved in those rumors) but nothing has panned out as of now. Another option would be for one of the five incoming freshman to re-classify for the 2015-2016 season.

While Turgeon appears to have solved some of his roster issues heading into his fourth season at the helm of the program, there could be some issues brewing within his own coaching staff.

The Boston Globe reported late Monday that Maryland assistant coach Scott Spinelli was a candidate to join new head coach Jim Christian’s staff at Boston College in a similar capacity. The Baltimore Sun quoted Turgeon as labeling the situation as “serious negotiations” for the job. Spinelli grew up in the Boston area and played collegiately at Boston University. He has recruited heavily in New England during his time at Maryland.

A Spinelli departure would be difficult for Maryland, after assistant Dalonte Hill resigned last season following a third DUI arrest. At the time, Maryland promoted Director of Basketball Operations Dustin Clark to an assistant coaching role and added the program’s all-time leading scorer Juan Dixon as a special assistant to Turgeon.

Maryland’s other assistant coach Bino Ranson has been mentioned as a potential candidate to replace Fang Mitchell at Coppin State.

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Turgeon to coach East in College All-Star Game

Posted on 01 April 2014 by WNST Staff

DALLAS – The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced today Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon and Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins will serve as head coaches for the 2014 Reese’s Division I College All-Star game.

The game will be played as part of Final Four Friday on April 4, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Reese’s is the official candy partner of the NCAA.

Turgeon, who just completed his fourth season at the University of Maryland, will coach the East All-Stars. He will lead The Terrapins’ transition from the ACC to the Big Ten in 2014-15, and has a career record of 59-33 at Maryland. Turgeon picked up his 300th career victory on Dec. 29, 2013 against Tulsa.

Prior to moving to Maryland, the two-time Big 12 coach of the year led Texas A&M to four consecutive NCAA tournaments. In seven years as head coach at Wichita State, he guided the Shockers to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006.

A point guard for coach Larry Brown at Kansas, Turgeon was the first player in Jayhawks’ history to play in four straight NCAA tournaments.

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Season over early after Maryland left out of NIT field

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Season over early after Maryland left out of NIT field

Posted on 16 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

The season is over for the University of Maryland men’s basketball team and the Terps will not be a part of postseason play for the third time in the last four years, the second time in Mark Turgeon’s three year tenure as head coach.

The Terrapins (17-15, 9-9 ACC) lost to Florida State in the second round of the ACC Tournament Thursday, marking the end of both their season and their history as part of the ACC. Not at all surprisingly, Maryland was left out of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season Sunday night, marking the longest drought for the program since the beginning of former head coach Gary Williams’ tenure.

The Terps had been projected to be selected to the NIT field for a second straight season but were ultimately left out in part because of their lack of quality wins and in part because of the number of teams who received automatic bids (13) into the field of 32 after winning their conference’s regular season title but failing to claim an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by coming up short in their conference tournaments.

The school did not comment on the possibility of the team participating in either the College Basketball Insider (CBI) Tournament or CollegeInsider.com (CIT) Tournament; but in previous years the university made it clear they had no interest in participating in such events.

“We’re disappointed our season came to an end, considering we played some of our best basketball down the stretch” Turgeon told the Washington Post after being left out of the field. “I look forward to our coaching staff and players working hard to take the necessary steps to advance our program.”

Maryland’s early exit in their final trip to Greensboro came just four days after their best win of the season, an overtime victory over ACC regular season and ACC Tournament champion Virginia at Comcast Center. Maryland also claimed a victory over Big East Tournament champion Providence at the start of the season in the championship game of the Paradise Jam event in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The 2014-2015 season will be the fourth in Mark Turgeon’s original eight year contract and the first for the program as part of the Big Ten Conference. Despite growing unrest from the fanbase, Turgeon’s job status is not at all at risk, in large part because of that contract. Athletic Director Kevin Anderson recently told the Baltimore Sun “I have the utmost confidence in Mark and what he’s putting together as a program. We’ve got a great recruiting class coming in.”

Maryland’s incoming recruiting class is indeed considered Top 15 by many recruiting services including ESPN.com. All members of the four man class are considered Top 100 recruits. SG Dion Wiley (Potomac), PG Romelo “Melo” Trimble (Arlington, VA), C Trayvon Reed (Snellville, GA) and SF Jared Nickens (Norristown, PA) make up the most impressive incoming class of Turgeon’s tenure.

The Terps lose only little-used forward John Auslander to graduation this offseason. Forwards Dez Wells and Jake Layman have been considered NBA prospects at times but neither is considered likely to depart school early. Wells and G Nick Faust (City) will be seniors next year, as will forward Jonathan Graham (Calvert Hall) who transferred to College Park from Penn State before the season. The veteran-laiden team is also slated to include rising juniors Layman, forwards Charles Mitchell and Shaquille Cleare and guard Seth Allen.

The only schools from the state of Maryland participating in postseason play are Mt. St. Mary’s (NCAA) and Towson (CIT).

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Maryland opens ACC Tournament play Thursday against Florida State

Posted on 12 March 2014 by WNST Staff

#9 Florida State (18-12, 9-9 ACC) vs. #8 Maryland (17-14, 9-9 ACC)

Eighth-seeded Maryland begins its final ACC Tournament Thursday as it takes on Florida State at noon in Greensboro Coliseum on ESPN. The winner will play top-seeded Virginia Friday at noon.

Watch: ESPN – Sean McDonough (Play-by-Play), Jay Bilas (Analyst); ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Mike Gminski (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst)

Storylines

• Maryland is 4-0 all-time against the Seminoles in the ACC Tournament.The Terps have won by an average margin of 19.5 points in the series, including an 85-59 victory in the last meeting in 2002. Maryland has never been less than a 3-seed in those four games, however.

• This is the Terrapins’ sixth appearance in the ACC Tournament as the 8-seed, which last occurred in 2012. Maryland has won at least one game as the 8-seed in four out of six appearances, including in 2012, when it defeated the 9-seed Wake Forest in the first round, 82-60.

• This is the 10th anniversary of Maryland’s historic run to the 2004 ACC Tournament title, when it shocked the conference by defeating the top-3 seeds after entering the tournament with a 7-9 record. The Terps have three ACC Tournament titles: 1958, 1984, 2004.

• Junior Dez Wells was recently named Third Team All-ACC by both the media and coaches’ polls, in addition to earning All-District III Team honors. Wells leads Maryland with 14.8 points per game, including a 9.6 point per game average in the second half.

• Maryland picked up its first signature victory of the season Sunday in front of a soldout Comcast Center crowd as it defeated ACC regular season champion Virginia, 75-69, in overtime. Sophomore Seth Allen scored the first five points in overtime to finish with 20 overall, while Dez Wells added 18 points.

Terps Secure Marquee Victory
Maryland closed out its 61st and final Atlantic Coast Conference regular season in stunning fashion, outlasting No. 5 Virginia 75-69 in overtime Sunday to end the Cavaliers’ 13-game winning streak.
After losing the lead in the closing seconds of regulation, the Terrapins never trailed in the extra session in front of an emotional sellout crowd of 17,950 at the school’s final home basketball game in a conference it joined as a charter member in 1953.
Seth Allen scored five of his 20 points in overtime and Dez Wells finished with 18 for the Terrapins (17-14, 9-9 ACC), who will play in the Big Ten next season. Maryland had lost six straight to Virginia, including a 61-53 decision in February that was part of the Cavaliers’ school-record winning streak against ACC competition.
Maryland dominated in the overtime frame, with Allen making two straight layups for a 68-64 lead, and then adding a free throw.

Scouting Florida State
The Seminoles closed out the regular season by winning three of their final four games, most recently falling to Syracuse, 74-58. Maryland and Florida State split the regular season series, with both teams winning their respective home contests.
Florida State is the best shooting team in the ACC, ranking first with a .465 field goal percentage. The team is strong defensively, as well, ranking second in the conference (23rd nationally) in field goal percentage defense (.397).
Three players average more than 13 points for the ‘Noles: Aaron Thomas (14.1/g), Ian Miller (13.7/g) and Okaro White (13.3/g). White also leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game.

Season Series Rewind: FSU
Maryland fell victim to a hot-shooting Florida State team that made 16 3-pointers to win, 85-61, in the first meeting on Jan. 12. Ian Miller made six 3-pointers on his own for 20 points, while the Terps shot just 33 percent.
The Terrapins flipped the script in the second meeting at Comcast Center on Feb. 8, shooting 52 percent and winning, 83-71. Seth Allen dazzled the Maryland crowd, scoring a career-high 32 points on 11-of-15 shooting (7-of-10 from 3-pt range) to lead the Terps.
Allen’s 32-point night made up for the first meeting, when he had only one point on 0-of-8 shooting. Dez Wellsscored 15 points in both games.

By the Numbers: Maryland in the ACC

  • 1953-54 – Maryland joins the ACC, winning its inaugural basketball     game, 53-49, at South Carolina on Dec. 3, 1953
  • 3 – ACC Tournament titles (1958, 1984, 2004). The Terrapins shocked the conference in 2004, having entered the tournament with a 7-9 ACC record.
  • 5 – ACC regular season titles (1975, 1980, 1995, 2002, 2010)
  • 101 – All-ACC Selections, including five ACC POY’s (Albert King, Len Bias (2x), Juan Dixon and Greivis Vasquez)
  • 448 – Wins in ACC regular season play (448-435 overall record)
  • 25 – 20-win seasons during time in ACC, and 24 NCAA Tournament appearances

Wells Garners Postseason Accolades
Junior Dez Wells was named Third Team All-ACC by both the media and coaches’ polls on March 10 as announced by the ACC. He also earned All-District III honors from the USBWA on March 11.
Wells has done it all for the Terps in 2013-14, leading the team with 14.8 points per game on 49 percent shooting. He has scored double-figures in all but four games, including 14 of his last 15 outings. Wells is also first on the team in total assists (69), blocks (26) and free throw percentage (.813), and second in steals (32).
Wells earned First Team All-ACC Tournament honors in 2013 after averaging 22.0 points and 6.7 rebounds in three games. He poured in 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting to down No. 2 Duke in the ACC Quarterfinals.

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Turgeon says late hoops manager Lederer “inspiration to us all”

Posted on 12 March 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland community and Maryland men’s basketball team celebrated the life of manager Zach Lederer, 20, who passed away Tuesday after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

A candlelight vigil was held Tuesday night outside Comcast Center, where more than 200 people gathered around the Testudo statue in remembrance of Lederer. A pair of shoes and a Maryland t-shirt and shorts were placed on the statue, in addition to a number of candles spelling out “ZL” which were placed at the base of Testudo.

Members from the men’s and women’s basketball teams were present to pay their respects, as Dez Wells and Spencer Barks shared a few words.

“I have the upmost respect for Zach,” Wells said. “He’s been an inspiration to all of us. Those hard times we have now won’t seem so hard anymore. Life is so much bigger than basketball or whatever sport you play and Zach taught us all that.”

“Zach was one of the greatest kids I’ve ever met in my entire life,” Barks said. “I saw myself in him. I loved that kid.”

Friends, fellow managers and others who were inspired by Lederer’s fight were also in attendance.

“Zach was one of the greatest guys I ever knew,” said senior psychology major Dylan Manning. “He was one of the first people I met in college when my roommate introduced me to him. He was always such a fun-loving guy, so energetic and full of life. He inspired me to be a better person, to do better things, to be happy and to always have fun.

At the end of the vigil, those in attendance gathered and chanted “Living the Dream” — Lederer’s motto during his fight against cancer.

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Director of Athletics, Kevin Anderson

“Zach was a wonderful and special young man. He’ll always live close to my heart because of that contagious smile he had. If I was having a bad day, I would go down to practice and Zach’s smile would make everything better. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

Men’s basketball headcoach, Mark Turgeon

“My heart goes out to the Lederer family. Zach was an outstanding young man who was an inspiration to us all. He had a great passion for life and was a true fighter. Zach not only had a powerful impact on our program, but he touched the lives of so many people in our community. He is and always will be a part of our Maryland basketball family and will be greatly missed.”

Senior forward John Auslander

“He was one of the most positive, upbeat kids I’ve ever met. Every day he’d come in and greet me with a big smile.”

Senior manager Evan Lipinski

“Zach had a positive impact on my life and so many others. I’ll always know that I’ll be ‘living the dream’ in his honor.”

Sophomore guard Seth Allen

“My favorite memory about Zach is just how throughout his whole situation he would come to games and he would still do his best to Comcast. He would act like nothing was ever wrong and he would still have a smile on his face and he fought through everything he went through. And that’s big. So when we have our heads down or when we are feeling down, we will always think about Zack. When times are tough, we’ll remember that Zach kept always kept a smile on his face, so things can’t be as bad as they seem.”

Junior guard Nick Faust

“My favorite memory of Zach was when we were playing Miami a while back and we were down in the first half. We made a run in the second half and I got a big steal and came down the court and got an and-one in between two defenders. I flexed and did the “Zach” and he had a huge smile and I know he was proud of that. Zach being there every day pushing through his sickness really gave us a boost as a team. It made us work hard every day and made us realize things are bigger than basketball.”

Sophomore forward Charles Mitchell

“I posed for a picture two years ago “Zaching” after meeting one of the toughest dudes I know [on my recruit trip]. Zach inspired a lot of people with his continuous fight with brain cancer. I just want to say my prayers are with Zach and the Lederer family.”

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