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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

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

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

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

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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