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Maryland faces George Washington Sunday in BB&T Classic

Posted on 07 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland faces George Washington at the Verizon Center Sunday at 3:30 pm in Washington, D.C. as part of the 19th annual BB&T Classic. The Terps have competed in the Classic every year since its inception in 1995.

Watch: MASN – Jim Hunter (Play-by-Play), John Feinstein (Analyst), Byron Kerr (Sideline)

Storyline

• The Terrapins are 16-11 all-time in the BB&T Classic and are currently riding a two-game win streak with victories over Notre Dame (2011) and George Mason (2012). Past Maryland MVPs from the tournament include Keith Booth, Steve Francis and Lonny Baxter, though the award was discontinued in 2005.

• Maryland’s four-game win streak was snapped Wednesday as it fell to No. 5 Ohio State, 76-60, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Terps fell to 10-5 (4-2 on road) in their final contest in the tournament as a member of the ACC.

• Sophomore Charles Mitchell was a monster on the offensive glass against Ohio State, tallying nine offensive rebounds, including six in the first half. The Marietta, Ga., native notched back-to-back double-digit rebound totals for the first time in his career, and currently leads the ACC in offensive rebounds (3.6 pg).

• Redshirt junior Evan Smotrycz continues to play well for the Terps, averaging 16.8 points and 9.8 rebounds over the last four games. Smotrycz currently ranks fifth in the ACC in rebounds (7.5 pg), and has scored in double figures in every game he has started this season.

Last Time Out
Maryland struggled to find a rhythm Wednesday as it fell to fifth-ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes jumped out to an 18-9 lead in the first 5:22 on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond-the-arc, and never looked back en route to a 76-60 victory.
Maryland outrebounded Ohio State by a significant margin, 44-30, largely due to the effort of Charles Mitchell. The sophomore earned his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Mitchell made an immediate impact off the bench, slamming home a dunk 45 seconds into action.

Scouting George Washington
George Washington is off to its best start since 2005-06 after defeating Rutgers Wednesday night to move to 7-1. The Colonials have registered wins against defending ACC champion Miami and then-No. 20 Creighton, while their lone loss came in a 16-point defeat to No. 25 Marquette. GW is currently receiving votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN polls.
The Colonials boast a balanced offense, featuring four players averaging double-figure scoring totals. Maurice Creek leads the team with 15.3 ppg on 46 percent shooting from beyond-the-arc, while Isaiah Armwood is averaging 14.4 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds.
Armwood earned Wooden Legacy All-Tournament team honors last weekend, limiting Creighton All-American Doug McDermott to just seven points.
George Washington currently ranks atop the Atlantic 10 in a number of categories, including assist-turnover ratio (1.34), assists (15.3 pg), field goal percentage defense (38.2), scoring margin (14.0) and total blocks (45).

Terps Shoot Lights Out vs. Morgan State
Maryland put on an incredible shooting display on Nov. 29 when it handily defeated Morgan State by its largest margin of the season, 89-62. After scoring a season-high 45 points in the first half, the Terps shot 67 percent in the second half to cap a strong offensive outing.
The Terps posted 14 points in the first 3:51 of the game and never looked back as they shot 33-of-53 (.623) from the field, including 13-of-20 (.650) from beyond-the-arc.
Jake Layman led the way in the outing, tallying a career-high 27 points on 7-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. In the second half, Layman scored 16 points in just 13 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Evan Smotrycz posted his second consecutive double-double with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Paradise Jam Champions
Maryland won its first in-season tournament since 2006 when it captured the Paradise Jam title in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Terps handily defeated Marist in the opening round, before defeating Northern Iowa and Providence on consecutive nights.
The Terps’ defense was impressive on the tropical trip, holding opponents to just 30.7 percent shooting and an average of 53.7 points. Opponents shot a meager 13-for-57 (.228) from 3-point range.
Junior Dez Wells (12.7 pts, 4.7 rebs) earned tournament MVP honors, while Evan Smotrycz (12.3 pts, 7.0 rebs) was named to the all-tournament team. Jake Layman led the team with 13.7 points and 33.7 minutes on the trip.

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Maryland, Morgan set to tangle Friday at Comcast Center

Posted on 28 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland returns to Comcast Center Friday as it takes on local foe Morgan State in its first action since winning the Paradise Jam last weekend. The contest will be aired live on ESPN3 at 6:00 pm.

Watch: ESPN 3 – Booker Corrigan (Play-by-Play), Glenn Consor (Analyst)

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

Storylines

• The Terps captured their first in-season tournament title since 2006 (2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic) as they won three games in four days to capture the Paradise Jam title in St. Thomas on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Maryland made quick work of Marist, before defeating Northern Iowa and Providence on back-to-back nights.

• A week removed from allowing 90 points against Oregon State at home, Maryland responded with renewed vigor in St. Thomas by holding its three opponents to an average of 51 points on just 30.7% shooting. The Terps gave up only 13 baskets from beyond the arc, holding opponents to a dismal 22.8% shooting.

• Dez Wells captured Paradise Jam Most Valuable Player honors, while teammate Evan Smotrycz was named to the All-Tournament team. Wells carried the Terps down the stretch against Providence, tallying 9 of his 13 points in the second half. Smotrycz recorded his first double-double of the season (fourth overall) in the effort with 13 pts and 11 rebs.

• Maryland meets Morgan State for the first time since 2009, when the Bears shocked Comcast Center with a 66-65 victory. The Terps lead the all-time series, 5-1.

Last Time Out
The Terps responded to a disappointing defensive effort against Oregon State by winning three games in four days to capture the Paradise Jam title in St. Thomas. It was the program’s first in-season tournament title since 2006, when it won the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Maryland ran past Marist with a 68-43 victory, before defeating Northern Iowa (80-66) and Providence (56-52) on back-to-back nights. It was the Terrapins’ first meeting against all three teams.
The Terps appeared well on their way to a drubbing in the finals after taking a 19-point lead on a Varun Ram 3-pointer, but Providence fired back with a 20-4 run down the stretch. The Friars late push fell short, however, as Dez Wells scored nine of his 13 points in the second half to lead the Terps to victory.

Scouting Morgan State
Morgan State and Maryland meet Friday after spending the last week together 1,600 miles south at the Paradise Jam. The Bears took seventh place in St. Thomas, falling to La Salle and Vanderbilt on back-to-back days before defeating Marist on Monday, 74-67.
Senior Justin Black (Dematha) is off to a sizzling start for Morgan State, scoring double-figures in all seven games to open the season. Black had a season-high 28 points against Towson on November 12.
Center Ian Chiles presents an interesting matchup inside for the Terps, as the big man has averaged 13.9 points and 5.6 rebounds in 26.9 minutes this year. The 7-2 Chiles averaged 5 blocks/g in St. Thomas, including a season-high seven swats against Marist.

Dez Shines in Crunch Time
As Providence steadily chipped away at Maryland’s once seemingly insurmountable 19-point second half lead, the Terrapins turned to Dez Wells in crunch time to spark the offense. The junior scored eight of his 13 points in the final 7:44 of the championship game, including a jumper and two free throws in the closing minute.
Wells has made a habit of playing his best late in games this season, scoring at least nine second half points in four-of-six games. He had a season-high 16 second half points against Oregon State.
The Raleigh, N.C. native has also knocked down 19-of-23 shots (0.826) from the charity stripe in the second half.

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Terps open Paradise Jam play Friday afternoon against Marist

Posted on 21 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland looks to return to its winning ways this weekend as it travels to St. Thomas for the Paradise Jam. It marks the program’s first trip to St. Thomas in school history. The Terps are guaranteed to play at least three games, as the field includes Northern Iowa, Loyola Marymount, Marist, Providence, Vanderbilt, Morgan State and La Salle.

Watch: CBS Sports Network

Storyline

• The Terps have played 68 in-season tournaments in their history, garnering an all-time record of 110-51 (.683) with 28 championships and 12 runner-up finishes. The program’s last in-season tournament championship came in the 2006 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Maryland defeated Michigan State in the finals, 62-60, on Nov. 17.

• Maryland dropped its first non-conference game at the Comcast Center since 2009 when it fell to Oregon State, 90-83, last Sunday with President Barack Obama in attendance. Dez Wells had a game-high 23 points in the effort, as Maryland had five scorers in double-figures.

• Junior Evan Smotrycz is averaging 13.3 ppg after posting a season-high 16 points against Oregon State. He is the first player to notch double-digit point totals in his first three games in a Maryland uniform since Alex Len. Len tallied point totals of 14, 13, 15 and 12 (13.5 ppg) over the course of those four games between Dec. 28, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012.

Last Time Out
The Terps fell to Oregon State in an offensive shootout last Sunday, 90-83, as President Barack Obama looked on in attendance. The total combined points (173) was the most at Comcast Center since Maryland defeated Seattle University, 105-76 (181), on November 8, 2010.
Maryland spread the ball effectively on the offensive end, as five players posted double-figure scoring totals. Dez Wells led the way with a season-high 23 points, while Evan Smotrycz had a season-high 16 points.
Trailing by as many as 12 points in the second half, the Terrapins cut their deficit to two points, 65-63, with 9:11 remaining. The sides traded points the remainder of the game before Oregon State’s Roberto Nelson knocked down a critical jumper with 29 seconds left to give the visitors an insurmountable five point lead.

Scouting Marist
Marist is off to a slow start in 2013-14 after beginning the season on a four-game losing streak. The Red Foxes have lost by an average margin of 26.8 points, including a 45-point defeat (93-48) to Providence in its most recent outing on Nov. 16.
Chavaughn Lewis and Khallid Hart lead the Red Foxes with 15.0 ppg and 10.3 ppg, respectively, while Adam Kemp is averaging 6.0 rebounds. Hart totaled 21 points in Marist’s loss at Providence.
The Rod Foxes return much of their production from a side that went 10-21 last season, including 77.8 pct. of their scoring, 81.6 pct. of their minutes and 89.6 pct. of their rebounds.
Head coach Jeff Bower is in his first season with Marist after being hired on April 10, 2013. He previously spent 18 seasons in the NBA, including various roles with the Hornets franchise from 1995-2010.
A Presidential Appearance
Maryland spectators received a special treat last Sunday as President Barack Obama and his family attended the basketball game at Comcast Center against Oregon State.

Smotrycz Shines Early
Transfer Evan Smotrycz had to wait 601 days between his final game at Michigan on March 16, 2012 and his first game at Maryland on Nov. 8. His potential ability to help the Terps was well-documented, but he had yet to have a chance to prove it prior to this season.
Smotrycz has delivered in his first three games as a Terrapin, posting double-figure scoring totals in all three games (13, 11, 16). He is the first Maryland player to accomplish the feat since Alex Len had double-figures in his first four games two seasons ago.
The 6-9 redshirt junior is second on the team in both points (13.3 pg) and rebounds (6.7 pg) this season.

In-Season Tournament History
The Terrapins have a long history of participation in in-season tournaments dating back to 1953 when they took part in the All-American City Tournament in Owensboro, Ky. Maryland defeated all three opponents, including Kentucky Wesleyan in the finals, to claim the tournament crown.
Maryland is 110-51 (.683) all-time in in-season tournaments, including 28 championships and 12 runner-up finishes. The team’s last tournament crown came in 2006 when it defeated Michigan State, 62-60, in the finals of the 2KSports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Last season the Terps went 3-1 in the Barclays Center Classic, falling to Kentucky in the opening game, 72-69.

Quick Hitters
• Guard Seth Allen broke his left foot in practice on Oct. 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks.
• Evan Smotrycz became the first player since Alex Len to record double-digit point totals in the first three games of his Maryland career.
• Maryland won 25 games in a season for the ninth time in school history last year. The Terps also won 25 or more in 1971-72 (27), 1984-85 (25), 1994-95 (26), 1998-99 (28), 1999-2000 (25), 2000-01 (25), 2001-02 (32) and 2006-07 (25). Mark Turgeon is the third Maryland coach to achieve the feat, joining Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams.
• Turgeon’s win percentage of .600 (42-28) through his first two seasons is the best mark by a Maryland coach in program history. Bud Millikan had a .592 winning percentage, Gary Williams had a .574 mark and Lefty Driesell garnered a .519 percentage.
• The Terps appeared in the NIT for the eighth time in school history last year, and hold a 14-7 record in the tournament.
• The NIT appearance marked the ninth time in the last 11 years that head coach Mark Turgeon has led his team to the postseason. Turgeon led Wichita State to the NIT in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006. He then led Texas A&M to the NCAA second round all four of his years in College Station (2008-11).
• Head coach Mark Turgeon’s teams have won at least 20 games in five of the last six seasons and eight of the last 10.
• Maryland set a single-season record for games played (38) last season. The previous record was 37 in 1984-85.
• Maryland did not beat a ranked opponent in either of the two seasons prior to last year. The Terps had three wins over a ranked team last year: No. 14/15 NC State (Jan. 16), No. 2/1 Duke (Feb. 16), and No. 2/2 Duke (March 15).
• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on last season was tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32.

Terps Haul in Top-5 Class
Head coach Mark Turgeon and the Maryland coaching staff announced the addition of a consensus top-five recruiting class Nov. 14, signing standouts 6-2 guard Romelo Trimble, 6-4 guard Dion Wiley, 6-6 forward Jared Nickens and 7-1 center Trayvon Reed for the 2014-15 season.
All four players rank among the top-100 players in the country, as both Wiley and Trimble are among the top-50 according to major recruiting outlets.
This marks the third consecutive top-20 recruiting class for Turgeon during his tenure at Maryland.

Second Half Run Sparks Terps over Abilene Christian
Maryland overcame a lackluster first half against an upstart Abilene Christian side Wednesday at Comcast Center when it finished the contest on a 29-0 run to win, 67-44.
Abilene Christian shot 12-of-30 from the field in the first half, with six of those field goals coming beyond the 3-point arc. The Wildcats’ Parker Wentz posted 13 first half points (3-4 3-pt) to guide the visiting side to a surprising 30-29 halftime advantage.
The Terps responded in the second half, however, as Charles Mitchell took advantage of his size and dominated the post to the tune of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Abilene Christian did not register a single point in the final 14 minutes of the game.
The Wildcats were also held to zero free throw attempts – a feat that Maryland had not accomplished since Feb. 6, 1993 vs. Georgia Tech.

Layman Scoring in Bunches
Jake Layman’s ability to score in bunches when the Terps need a lift has become habit for the sophomore through the first two games of the season.
Maryland was shooting just 1-for-12 from 3-point range before Layman knocked down three 3-pointers in a span of 3:23 to spark the Terps’ remarkable 29-0 run. Layman was the catalyst for 14 of the first 18 points in the run. Layman also had nine points in an 11-0 run against UConn in the season opener.

Terps Fall to #19 UConn in Nail-Biter
Maryland showed incredible resiliency in its season-opener against No. 19 Connecticut last Friday at Barclays Center, climbing back from a 17-point second half deficit to earn an opportunity for a game-winning shot in the waning seconds. With six seconds remaining on the clock, Evan Smotrycz inbounded the ball to Dez Wells at the elbow, but the junior’s game-winning bid rimmed out as UConn held on for the 78-77 victory.
Junior Nick Faust had a team-high 17 points, including a critical string of consecutive baskets toward the end of the game, while Wells finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Smotrycz had 13 points and nine rebounds in his Terrapin debut, sparking Maryland with a 4-for-4 shooting start.
Varun Ram appeared in his first contest in a Maryland uniform, while freshmen Roddy Peters (18 mins., 5 pts.) andDamonte Dodd made their collegiate debuts.

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Maryland plays host to Pac-12 foe Oregon State Sunday night

Posted on 16 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland continues its non-conference slate as it welcomes Oregon State to Comcast Center Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

TV: ESPNU – Eamon McAnaney (Play-by-Play), Len Elmore (Analyst) and Andy Katz (Sideline)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst); Walt Williams(Sideline)

Storyline

• Maryland has won 30 consecutive non-conference games at Comcast Center since falling to William & Mary, 83-77, on Dec. 30, 2009. The Terps won all 10 of their home non-conference games last season by an average of 20.1 points.

• The Terps overcame a sluggish start against Abilene Christian Wednesday when they mounted a 29-0 run to close the game in emphatic fashion and win, 67-44. The Wildcats’ final point of the game came with 14:12 remaining in the second half.

• Maryland has outscored its opponents by a combined score of 47-11 in the final 11:50 of its first two games. UConn and ACU shot a combined 5-for-25 (.200) with 13 turnovers during that time period. UConn was 5-of-10 with six turnovers, while ACU was 0-of-15 with seven turnovers.

• Junior Evan Smotrycz is averaging 12.0 ppg after pouring in 13 points against UConn and 11 versus Abilene Christian. He is the first player to notch double-digit point totals in his first two games in a Maryland uniform sinceAlex Len scored 14 and 13 points on Dec. 28 and Dec. 31, 2011, respectively.

• Maryland point guard Seth Allen sustained a fracture in his left foot during practice on Oct. 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Roddy Peters started as Maryland’s point guard against Abilene Christian.

Last Time Out
Maryland overcame a lackluster start against an upstart Abilene Christian side Wednesday at Comcast Center when it finished the contest on a 29-0 run to win, 67-44.
Abilene Christian shot 12-of-30 from the field in the first half, with six of those field goals coming beyond the 3-point arc. The Wildcats’ Parker Wentz posted 13 first half points (3-4 3-pt) to guide the visiting side to a surprising 30-29 halftime advantage.
The Terps responded in the second half, however, as Charles Mitchell took advantage of his size and dominated the post to the tune of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Abilene Christian did not register a single point in the final 14 minutes of the game.
The Wildcats were also held to zero free throw attempts – a feat that Maryland had not accomplished since Feb. 6, 1993 vs. Georgia Tech.

Scouting Oregon State
Oregon State returns four starters to a side that finished 14-18 (4-14 Pac-12) last season.The Beavers have solid experience as they carry six seniors on the roster. Tonight marks the first meeting in history between Maryland and Oregon State.
The Beavers earned their first victory of the season on Wednesday as they defeated Portland, 79-73. OSU fell in its season opener to Baltimore foe Coppin State on Nov. 10, 78-73.
Senior Roberto Nelson has gotten off to a sizzling start this season with 60 points through his first two games. Nelson posted 36 points against Coppin State before adding 24 points versus Portland. Angus Brandt and Devon Collier each chipped in double-doubles for the Beavers against Portland.

On Non-Conference Foes
With its defeat of Abilene Christian Wednesday, Maryland has now won 30 consecutive non-conference contests at Comcast Center dating back to the 2009-10 season when the Terps fell to William & Mary, 83-77, on December 30, 2009.
The Terps dominated their non-conference home slate last season, winning all 10 games by an average margin of 20.1 points.
In total, Maryland is 23-5 in all non-conference competitions dating back to the beginning of the 2011-12 season.

Layman Sparks Terps Again
Jake Layman’s ability to score in bunches when the Terps need a lift has become habit for the sophomore through the first two games of the season.
Maryland was shooting just 1-for-12 from 3-point range before Layman knocked down three 3-pointers in a span of 3:23 to spark the Terps’ remarkable 29-0 run. Layman was the catalyst for 14 of the first 18 points in the run. Layman also had nine points in an 11-0 run against UConn in the season opener.

Locking Down in Crunch Time
Maryland has cracked down on its defense in crunch time this season, outscoring opponents by a combined total of 47-11 in the final 11:50 of action (27-11 vs. UConn, 20-0 vs. ACU).
Through the first two games, UConn and ACU shot a combined 5-for-25 (.200) with 13 turnovers during that time period. UConn was 5-of-10 with six turnovers, while ACU was 0-of-15 with seven turnovers.

Terps Fall to #19 UConn in Nail-Biter
Maryland showed incredible resiliency in its season-opener against No. 19 Connecticut last Friday at Barclays Center, climbing back from a 17-point second half deficit to earn an opportunity for a game-winning shot in the waning seconds. With six seconds remaining on the clock, Evan Smotrycz inbounded the ball to Dez Wells at the elbow, but the junior’s game-winning bid rimmed out as UConn held on for the 78-77 victory.
Junior Nick Faust had a team-high 17 points, including a critical string of consecutive baskets toward the end of the game, while Wells finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Smotrycz had 13 points and nine rebounds in his Terrapin debut, sparking Maryland with a 4-for-4 shooting start.
Varun Ram appeared in his first contest in a Maryland uniform, while freshmen Roddy Peters (18 mins., 5 pts.) andDamonte Dodd made their collegiate debuts.

Quick Hitters
• Guard Seth Allen broke his left foot in practice on October 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Dez Wells started at point guard in the exhibition against Catholic.
• Evan Smotrycz became the first player since Alex Len to record double-digit point totals in the first two games of his Maryland career.
• Maryland won 25 games in a season for the ninth time in school history last year. The Terps also won 25 or more in 1971-72 (27), 1984-85 (25), 1994-95 (26), 1998-99 (28), 1999-2000 (25), 2000-01 (25), 2001-02 (32) and 2006-07 (25). Mark Turgeon is the third Maryland coach to achieve the feat, joining Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams.
• Turgeon’s winning percentage of .600 (42-28) through his first two seasons is the best mark by a Maryland coach in program history. Bud Millikan had a .592 winning percentage, Gary Williams had a .574 mark and Lefty Driesell garnered a .519 percentage.
• The Terps appeared in the NIT for the eighth time in school history last year, and hold a 14-7 record in the tournament.
• The NIT appearance marked the ninth time in the last 11 years that head coach Mark Turgeon has led his team to the postseason. Turgeon led Wichita State to the NIT in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006. He then led Texas A&M to the NCAA second round all four of his years in College Station (2008-11).
• Head coach Mark Turgeon’s teams have won at least 20 games in five of the last six seasons and eight of the last 10.
• Maryland set a single-season record for games played (38) last season. The previous record was 37 in 1984-85.
• Maryland did not beat a ranked opponent in either of the two seasons prior to last year. The Terps had three wins over a ranked team last year: No. 14/15 NC State (Jan. 16), No. 2/1 Duke (Feb. 16), and No. 2/2 Duke (March 15).
• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on last season was tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32.

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Maryland looks for first win Wednesday against Abilene Christian

Posted on 12 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Game Info

• Maryland hosts Abilene Christian in its 2013-14 home opener Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in Comcast Center on the Raycom Sports Network. It is the first meeting in history between the sides, as Abilene Christian begins its first season in Division I play.

• The game can be seen live on the Raycom Sports Network, called by Wes Durham and Mike Gminski. Fans can also listen to Johnny Holliday and Chris Knoche live on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network.

Storyline

• Maryland has won 35 consecutive home openers dating back to 1976 when it lost to Notre Dame, 80-79, in overtime. The Terps are 75-17 (.815) all-time in home openers. Maryland defeated Morehead State in its home opener last season, 67-45, led by 12 points from Nick Faust.

• The Terps lost a heartbreaker to No. 19 UConn Friday night at Barclays Center, 78-77. Once trailing by 17 points in the second half, Maryland mounted a furious comeback that led to a game-winning bid by Dez Wells. Wells’ shot rimmed out with three seconds remaining, however, as the Huskies sealed the win.

• Maryland’s second half comeback was prompted by a Shabazz Napier technical foul with 11:43 to play. The Terps responded to the tech by posting an 11-0 run that included nine points (two 3-pointers) by sophomore Jake Layman. Layman’s nine points came in a span of 2:08.

• Nick Faust led the Terrapins with 17 points against UConn, while Evan Smotrycz posted 13 points and nine rebounds in his Maryland debut. The Terps had five scorers in double-figures (Faust-17, Smotrycz-13, Wells-13, Layman-13, Mitchell-12).

• Point guard Seth Allen sustained a fracture in his left foot during practice on October 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Dez Wells started as Maryland’s point guard against UConn Friday.

On Home Openers

Maryland has won 35 consecutive home openers, last falling in a home opener on November 27, 1976 to Notre Dame, 80-79, in overtime. Maryland is 75-17 (.815) all-time in home openers in College Park.

The Terps defeated Morehead State, 67-45, in last year’s home opener at Comcast Center. Maryland had control from the outset with a 35-19 halftime advantage, and was led by 12 points from Nick Faust and nine rebounds fromCharles Mitchell.

Head coach Mark Turgeon is 15-0 all-time in home openers.

Scouting Abilene Christian

Abilene Christian fell in its season-opener at Duquesne, 94-75, Friday, November 11, and most recently lost to St. Bonaventure on Monday, 75-47. Last Friday’s game against Duquesne was the Wildcats’ first contest as an NCAA Division I affiliate. The newest member of the Southland Conference, the Wildcats open the season with a tough slate that includes 10 consecutive road games.

Abilene is led by Harrison Hawkins, who is averaging 14 points and three rebounds. Hawkins’ teammate, Austin Cooke, is averaging nine rebounds and 8.5 points through two games.

Sophomore Parker Wentz (8.3 ppg) is the Wildcats only returning player from a season ago, as the squad added 12 new faces, including eight junior college transfers.

Last Time Out

Maryland showed incredible resiliency in its season-opener against No. 19 Connecticut Friday at Barclays Center, climbing back from a 17-point second half deficit to earn an opportunity for a game-winning shot in the waning seconds. With six seconds remaining on the clock, Evan Smotrycz inbounded the ball to Dez Wells at the elbow, but the junior’s game-winning bid rimmed out as UConn held on for the 78-77 victory.

Junior Nick Faust had a team-high 17 points, including a critical string of consecutive baskets toward the end of the game, while Wells finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Smotrycz had 13 points and nine rebounds in his Terrapin debut, sparking Maryland with a 4-for-4 shooting start.

Varun Ram appeared in his first contest in a Maryland uniform, while freshmen Roddy Peters (18 mins., 5 pts.) and Damonte Dodd made their collegiate debuts.

Layman Sparks Second Half Run

The Terps’ resiliency was on full display against UConn Friday as their dramatic comeback bid fell one bucket short. From the  point when UConn took a 67-50 lead with 11:52 remaining, Maryland responded to a Shabazz Napier technical foul by outscoring the Huskies, 27-11, for the remainder of the game.

The run was sparked by sophomore Jake Layman, who had posted only four points prior. Layman hit one-of-two free throws from the techincal foul, and then sank a 3-pointer on the same possession. After Roddy Peters finished a lay-up, Layman made two more free throws and added a second 3-pointer to cap an 11-0 Maryland run. Layman’s nine points in the run came in a span of 2:08.

Quick Hitters

• Guard Seth Allen broke his left foot in practice on October 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Dez Wells started at point guard in the exhibition against Catholic.

• Maryland won 25 games in a season for the ninth time in school history last year. The Terps also won 25 or more in 1971-72 (27), 1984-85 (25), 1994-95 (26), 1998-99 (28), 1999-2000 (25), 2000-01 (25), 2001-02 (32) and 2006-07 (25). Mark Turgeon is the third Maryland coach to achieve the feat, joining Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams.

• Turgeon’s winning percentage of .600 (42-28) through his first two seasons is the best mark by a Maryland coach in program history. Bud Millikan had a .592 winning percentage, Gary Williams had a .574 mark and Lefty Driesell garnered a .519 percentage.

• The Terps appeared in the NIT for the eighth time in school history last year, and hold a 14-7 record in the tournament.

• The NIT appearance marked the ninth time in the last 11 years that head coach Mark Turgeon has led his team to the postseason. Turgeon led Wichita State to the NIT in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006. He then led Texas A&M to the NCAA second round all four of his years in College Station (2008-11).

• Head coach Mark Turgeon’s teams have won at least 20 games in five of the last six seasons and eight of the last 10.

• Maryland set a single-season record for games played (38) last season. The previous record was 37 in 1984-85.

• Maryland did not beat a ranked opponent in either of the two seasons prior to last year. The Terps had three wins over a ranked team last year: No. 14/15 NC State (Jan. 16), No. 2/1 Duke (Feb. 16), and No. 2/2 Duke (March 15).

• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on last season was tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32.

Head Coach Mark Turgeon

• Turgeon led his teams to at least 20 wins in eight of the last 10 seasons.

• His teams have advanced to postseason play nine times in the last 11 years, including NCAA berths in five of the last eight seasons. His record in the last nine years is 226-112 (.675).

• As a player, assistant coach and head coach, Turgeon has compiled a 26-13 NCAA Tournament record (8-4 as a player, 13-4 as an assistant, 5-5 as a head coach).

• In 14 NCAA Tournament appearances as a player, assistant coach and head coach, Turgeon has lost an NCAA opener only twice (Oregon in 1995 under Coach Jerry Green, and 2011 as the head coach at Texas A&M – 57-50 loss vs. Florida State).

Lengthy Lineup

The Terps’ length could cause formidable matchup problems for opponents this season, as its starting lineup against UConn on Friday averaged 6’7.5”. The starting lineup featured forwards Shaquille Cleare (6’9”), Evan Smotrycz (6’9”) and Jake Layman (6’8”), and guards Nick Faust (6’6”) and Dez Wells (6’5”).

Featuring tall players is nothing new to Maryland, however, as the Terps trotted out a lineup averaging 6’8” three times last season (Wells, Faust, Layman, Cleare, Len). That combination of players was just 1-2 in three games – defeating Clemson (2/23) and falling to then-No. 1 Duke (1/26) and Georgia Tech (2/27).

Milestones, Streaks, etc.

• Dez Wells has scored at least nine points in 12 consecutive games dating back to last season.

• Head coach Mark Turgeon needs just eight more victories to reach 300 for his coaching career.

• Maryland’s last victory over a ranked team was an 83-74 win over then-No.2 Duke on 3/15/2012 in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro Coliseum.

• The Terps’ last road win over a ranked team was an 82-80 win at then-No. 1 North Carolina on 1/19/2008.

• Maryland’s last losing season came in 1992-93, the last year of devastating NCAA sanctions levied against previous staffs at Maryland.

• Each school in the ACC has had a losing season since the Terps fell below .500 21               seasons ago. In fact, nine of the 11 ACC opponents have suffered through a losing season          since the Terps won the NCAA title in 2002, with Duke and UNC the exceptions.

Maryland Debuts

A number of players made their Maryland debuts Friday night against UConn. Transfers Evan Smotrycz (13 pts, 9 rebs) and Varun Ram (2 mins.) saw their first action of the season after sitting out the entire 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Smotrycz came from the University of Michigan, while Ram transferred from Trinity College.

A pair of freshmen also made their collegiate debuts for Maryland as Roddy Peters and Damonte Dodd subbed in from the bench. Peters tallied five points in 18 minutes of action, and will be looked upon to make significant contributions in the wake of Seth Allen’s injury.

Summer Tour: The Bahamas

Maryland traveled to the Bahamas for its Summer Tour this past August, earning three victories in three days against Bahamas All-Stars, Commonwealth Giants and Grand Bahamas All-Stars.

Sophomore Jake Layman starred on the trip for the Terps, averaging 21.3 points over the course of the three contests, including a pair of 25-point performances.

Junior Dez Wells opened the trip with 22 points, nine rebounds and a number of electrifying dunks in the Terps’ 92-84 victory over the Bahamas All-Stars. Sophomore Seth Allen led the way in the second game, notching 26 points and 10 assists in a 97-90 win over the Commonwealth Giants. Layman and Nick Faust closed the trip with 25 and 20 points, respectively, in the Terps’ 11-point win over the Grand Bahamas All-Stars.

The trip was particularly significant for sophomore Shaquille Cleare, a native of Andros, Bahamas. Although Cleare was unable to play due to injury, his family and friends were in attendance at the games to support the Terps. The sophomore also enjoyed showing his teammates and coaches around the Bahamian mainline.

Experience is Evident

Head coach Mark Turgeon returns his most experienced team in three years as coach at Maryland, including 12 letterwinners from a season ago. Among the returners is Dez WellsNick FaustJake Layman and Shaquille Cleare, who combined for 94 starts a season ago. Additionally, Evan Smotrycz started 42 games during his two seasons at Michigan.

Despite the experience, it must be noted that none of Maryland’s rotational players are seniors which bodes well for the future. Former walk-on John Auslander is the lone senior on the squad.

Tough Schedule

With the addition of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame to the ACC this season, Maryland will play a highly formidable schedule in 2013. Including last week’s game with No. 18 Connecticut to open the season, the Terps are scheduled to face seven ranked teams in the Associated Press Preseason Top-25.

For the first time in the history of its existence in the ACC, Maryland will not play Duke, North Carolina or North Carolina State at home. In fact, this marks the first year Maryland will not play Duke at home since 1955.

The 18-game conference slate features four home-and-home dates for Maryland: Pittsburgh, Florida State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Fresh Faces

Head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff signed its second consecutive consensus top-20 recruiting class this season with the addition of local products Damonte Dodd (Centreville, Md.) and Roddy Peters (District Heights, Md.).

Maryland has had a player recognized on the ACC All-Freshman Team three out of the last four seasons, and hopes to continue the trend this season with Peters and Dodd. Prior to Nick Faust in 2012, Terrell Stoglin was honored in 2011 and Jordan Williams was honored in 2010.

Turgeon on Peters: “He has excellent court vision, a great feel for the game and his length at his position is a great asset. He’s an unselfish basketball player that is all about winning.”

Turgeon on Dodd: “Damonte will be fun to coach and he really has big upside. He runs, rebounds, and blocks shots, and his best years on the basketball court are ahead of him.”

Home Sweet Home

Maryland has been a dominant home team over the years:

• The Terps are 865-298 (.744) all-time at home dating back to 1923-24.

• Maryland is 159-36 (.815) all-time at Comcast Center.

• Maryland is 213-41 (.839) at home the last 12 seasons (since 1998-99).

• Maryland is 76-17 (.817) in home-openers in College Park all-time, including a 36-game winning streak (last loss on 11/27/76 to Notre Dame, 80-79, OT). The Terps did not play a home game in 1918-19.

Fear the Turtle!

Maryland is one of the most consistent winning programs in the country following more than a decade of excellence:

• The Terps have averaged 22.41 wins per season the last 17 years, including eight consecutive 20-win seasons from 1996-2004.

• Maryland has 18 postseason appearances in the last 20 years, including 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1993-2004.

• The Terrapins have won at least two postseason games (ACC, NCAA, NIT) in 10 of the last 15 seasons.

• The Terps have advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen seven times in the last 19 years.

• Maryland made consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four in 2001 and 2002 .

• The Terps captured the 2002 NCAA National Championship.

• The Terps captured the 2004 ACC Tournament Championship.

• Maryland shared the 2010 ACC Regular-Season Title with eventual national-champion Duke.

Working Overtime

• Maryland is 48-51 all-time in overtime games. Maryland was 0-1 last season in extra sessions, falling to Virginia, 61-58, at Comcast Center on March 10, 2013.

• Maryland has played at least one overtime game in 18 of the last 21 seasons. The Terps did not go overtime in 2010-11, marking the first time in eight seasons they finished business in regulation for the entire.

• Maryland’s 89-74 OT win over Vermont (11/21/08) marked the largest winning margin in an overtime game for the Terps, who outscored the Catamounts 17-2, including the first 17 points of the extra session.

• Maryland is 25-18 in overtime games played at home, including a 6-1 mark at Comcast Center. The last overtime game at Comcast was on March 4, 2012, when Maryland lost to Virginia, 75-72.

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Terps G Allen out 8-10 weeks with fractured foot

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Terps G Allen out 8-10 weeks with fractured foot

Posted on 30 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Sophomore guard Seth Allen sustained a fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot and will miss 8-10 weeks, head coach Mark Turgeon announced today.

Allen suffered the injury at the conclusion of Tuesday evening’s practice as he drove to the basket and landed awkwardly on his left foot. He is scheduled to have surgery on Thursday, which will be performed by Dr. Craig Bennett at Kernan Hospital in Baltimore.

“We are devastated for Seth,” said Turgeon. “He was playing at a very high level throughout the summer and fall and was poised to have an excellent start to the season.  We will support Seth during his rehabilitation process and will prepare him, so he can get back on the court with his teammates.”

In 36 career games (seven starts), Allen has averaged 7.8 points and 2.3 assists per game.

Freshman Roddy Peters is likely to assume starting point guard duties, junior Nick Faust could be an option as well after playing some point last season in emergency situations.

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Terps begin practice over a month away from season opener

Posted on 01 October 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s basketball team opened practice Friday in preparation for the 2013-14 season, looking to build off a strong 28-13 campaign last season. Head coach Mark Turgeon was pleased with the team’s cohesion and energy, attributing many of the positives to the team’s summer international tour in the Bahamas.

“We’ve got a lot of things going for us and we are way ahead of the curve,” Turgeon said. “We have three freshmen with Damonte [Dodd], Roddy [Peters] and A.J. [Metz] and the tour really helped them because they’re much further along.”

With the addition of 6’9” junior transfer Evan Smotrycz, the Terrapins feature an eclectic mix of size and skill — a quality that Turgeon is excited to see develop as the preseason progresses.

“We’ve got some really unique pieces,” Turgeon said. “All of our players are quite different and Evan [Smotrycz] is a big part of what we’re going to try to accomplish this year. He really opens the floor for a lot of people.”

Turgeon has also been impressed with the defensive commitment of junior Dez Wells and junior Nick Faust on the perimeter. The pair combined for 69 starts and just under nine rebounds per game in 2012-13.

“For us to be good on defense, Dez [Wells] and Nick [Faust] need to be really good defensively,” Turgeon said. “Nick is taking more pride in his commitment to on-ball defense and Dez has really concentrated on becoming a better team defender.”

The 2013-14 side will make its first public appearance as it celebrates the opening of the season with Maryland Madness at historic Cole Field House on Friday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information on Maryland Madness.

The Terps open the season with an exhibition against Catholic in Comcast Center on November 3 at 1:00 p.m., before beginning regular season play at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Friday, November 8 against Connecticut at 6:30 p.m.

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Maryland basketball to play preseason Bahamas tournament

Posted on 30 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Coming off a successful 2012-13 campaign in which Maryland posted a 25-13 record and advanced to the NIT Semifinals,  Mark Turgeon and the Terps’ basketball team will participate in a Summer Basketball Tour from August 6-9 in the Bahamas.

The Terps have games on Tuesday, Aug. 6 against the Bahamas All Stars at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7 versus the Commonwealth Giants at 7 p.m., and conclude the tournament with a game against the Grand Bahamas All-Stars on Friday, Aug. 9 at 11 a.m.

Turgeon returns nine players from a team that finished with the most wins in a single season (25) since 2006-07 season.  In addition, three starters return in 2013-14, including sophomore guard  Seth Allen, junior guard Nick Faust and junior forward Dez Wells, who was named to the ACC All-Tournament team and led Maryland in scoring (13.1 points per game).

Maryland also returns a pair of instrumental sophomore front court players in center Shaquille Cleare and forward Charles Mitchell and welcomes forward Evan Smotrycz, who didn’t play last season after transferring from Michigan. It will also mark the debut of the Terps’ much-celebrated incoming freshman class – -ranked 25th nationally according to 247 Sports.com — as forward Damonte Dodd and guard Roddy Peters join Maryland this season.

“We are excited about this great opportunity for our young team to have this invaluable experience in playing in the Bahamas,” said Turgeon, whose .600 winning percentage is the best by any Maryland head coach in his first two seasons. “This is a terrific experience to learn about another culture, and to be doing it together as a team over the summer helps with our overall chemistry as we begin to prepare for the upcoming season.”

Maryland has had 14 scheduled practices between the middle of July until the first week of August, which has been very beneficial for Turgeon’s young and talented team. The Terps enter the 2013-14 season having lost three key players from last year’s team: guard Logan Aronhalt, center Alex Len and forward James Padget.  Len ranked second on the team with 11.9 points per game and fifth in the ACC with 7.8 rebounds per game. Following the season, Len (7-1) was taken fifth overall by the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Draft, becoming Maryland’s highest drafted player since Steve Francis went No. 2 overall in 1999.

Entering his third season with the Terps and his 16th overall season as a head coach in college basketball. Turgeon is very optimistic and excited about the progress his team has made over the summer.

“I like the intensity and focus we’ve had over the summer,”  Turgeon said. “We have done some great work on the court over the last month and I am really looking forward to seeing how we respond in the Bahamas. We will  play three talented teams and it will give us a good indication about the type of progress we have made.”

A complete schedule is below and umterps.com will have updates from the Bahamas.

Tues., Aug. 6: Maryland vs. Bahamas All Stars – 7 p.m.

Wed. Aug. 7: Maryland vs. Commonwealth Giants – 7 p.m.

Fri. Aug. 9: Maryland vs. Grand Bahamas All-Stars – 11 a.m.

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Antonio Barton picks Tennessee over Maryland

Posted on 26 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Former University of Memphis PG Antonio Barton will not spend his final year of eligibility with the Maryland Terrapins.

Instead, Barton will spend next season with the Tennessee Volunteers, as was announced Sunday by his brother Will Barton-now with the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers.

Both Bartons hail from Baltimore (Lake Clifton). The proximity to home was thought to be key in the decision making process for the guard who spent the last three seasons playing for the Tigers. Barton ultimately chose Tennessee over the Terps, Kansas State and Texas A&M.

Barton would have been a significant immediate addition as he is eligible to play this fall because he is graduating this year from Memphis. Logan Aronhalt made a similar move last year in his switch from Albany to College Park.

Without adding any other potential transfers, Mark Turgeon’s team will be thin at the point guard position next season. Pe’Shon Howard decided to transfer after the 2012-2013 season, he has visited USC but has not committed anywhere of yet. Rising sophomore Seth Allen will be a point guard option for Maryland, as will incoming freshman Roddy Peters (Suitland) although both are more combo guards than true point guards.

Rising junior Nick Faust also saw some time at point guard last season but was clearly frustrated by the position move and the results were mostly shaky. Rising junior Dez Wells also handled some possessions at point guard with mixed results.

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Maryland officially inks Peters, Dodd

Posted on 14 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Dodd, Peters Sign with Maryland

247Sports.com ranks Maryland’s class 21st nationally

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland basketball program furthered its success on the recruiting trail as head coach Mark Turgeon on Wednesday announced the signings of Roddy Peters and Damonte Dodd to National Letters of Intent.

 

Peters, a 6-foot-4 guard from Suitland, Md., and Dodd, a 6-foot-9 center from Centreville, Md., give the Terrapins the 21st-best 2013 class nationally according to 247Sports.com.

 

Peters committed to Maryland last month, while Dodd committed in February before electing to attend prep school at Massanutten Military Academy (Woodstock, Va.) this season. Peters is one of the top point guards nationally, having averaged 25 points and seven assists a game as a junior at Suitland High School. As a senior at Queen Anne’s County High last year, Dodd averaged 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks a game.

 

DAMONTE DODD (6-9, 240, C, Centreville, Md.)

 

A three-star prospect and the 12th-ranked center nationally by 247sports.com … a four-star prospect, the No. 99-ranked player overall and the No. 13 center by Scout.com … ranked as the best shot blocker to sign in the ACC by Scout.com … committed to Maryland in February and is attending Massanutten Military Academy this season … averaged 24 points, 16 rebounds and seven blocks as a senior (2011-12) at Queen Anne’s County High … tallied 41 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocks in an overtime victory over Kent County during his senior year … played AAU for the DC Assault under former Washington Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan last summer.

 

Turgeon on Dodd: “Damonte will be fun to coach and he really has big upside. He plays extremely hard and he strives to get better every day. He’s almost 6-foot-10 and still growing. He runs, rebounds, and blocks shots, and his best years on the basketball court are ahead of him.  He fits the mold of who we recruit as an unselfish and good kid.”

 

Damonte Dodd: When the coaching staff came to see me play, I was just very excited. With Maryland being so close to home and so many people from my family, friends and high school coaches wanting me to go to Maryland, it was an easy decision. I like to make people happy so that weighed into my decision, but most of all I knew Maryland was the right place for me.

 

“The coaching staff is like a family and they really look after their guys. Ultimately, everyone wants to make it to the NBA but they really emphasized getting your education, and that’s something that’s very important to me. You never know what happens, so my education is my first priority and the University of Maryland is a great school.”

 

Dale Becraft, Queen Anne’s County High Head Coach: “Damonte made a steady progression through four years but the biggest progression occurred between his junior and senior years. He really got serious and hit the weight room hard, and really started working on his game and started playing more on his own time. Last year he made a quantum leap, it was really just astronomical. Just following him over the summer through the AAU circuits he’s continued to grow tremendously.

 

“He has tremendous timing in the post. He set a school record two years in a row for blocked shots and rebounds. He rebounds well and blocks a lot of shots. He intimidates people; even when he’s not blocking shots he’s able to alter them and just take people out of their normal rhythm. Plus he has a tremendous wingspan and I think his best basketball is ahead of him.

 

“Last year Scott Spinelli came down and saw him, then Mark [Turgeon] came down and saw him and they had him up several times. He just really fell in love with the family environment. He kept talking about how much it was like family and how he was included whenever he went on a visit. He was sold on Maryland from the get-go.”

 

Chad Myers, Massanutten Military Academy Head Coach: “First off, he’s an unbelievably good kid. I think he’s a got a chance to be really, really good. He’s got great upside, a great motor. He’s long and athletic. We try to work with those guys at Maryland and our idea here is when you leave here, hopefully, you are ready to go play at the next level. He’s bought into that and he works every day. He’s very in tune to what Maryland is doing. He’s always asking me if I saw the Maryland game and talking about the guys. He’s excited and I think he’ll be able to help right away. His ratings went up last summer, but I think he still may be a little underrated. His ceiling is very, very high.”

 

“Right now, his strength is really being able to run the floor. He’s rebounding well. He’s very active and he’s starting to do a pretty good job of sealing and catching the ball around the basket, around the post. But I would tell you right now, it would be his motor and his ability to run the floor.”

 

“I think the biggest reason he chose Maryland is what Coach Turgeon is doing with the program and Coach Spinelli doing a great job recruiting him. Once he went there, met those guys and felt that way about them, I think it was a no-brainer because he liked the idea of playing at Maryland and being close to home. The staff with having such a good relationship with them, there wasn’t a better option for him.”

 

Evan Daniels, Scout.com National Analyst: “There’s a lot to like about Damonte Dodd. He has a big, strong body, is active on the defensive end and will lock down rebounds in his area. He’s a post prospect with some nice upside and should continue to get better with another year of high school under his belt. This is a nice pick up for Maryland and someone that can help them in the post down the road.”

 

RODDY PETERS (6-4, 190, PG, Suitland, Md.)

 

A five-star prospect, the 19th-ranked player overall and the third-ranked point guard by 247Sports.com … a four-star prospect and the 11th-ranked point guard by Scout.com … a four-star prospect, the No. 45-ranked player overall and the No. 8-ranked point guard by ESPN.com … averaged 25 points and seven assists a game as a junior (2011-12) … chose Maryland over offers from UCLA, Illinois, Rutgers and Xavier … played AAU for the DC Assault under former Washington Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan last summer.

 

Turgeon on Peters: “Roddy is a great kid and comes from a great family. He’s a great example of us trying to keep the best local players home at Maryland. Roddy loves Maryland and we recruit that – kids that love it here and really want to be here. He has excellent court vision, a great feel for the game and his length at his position is a great asset. He’s an unselfish basketball player that is all about winning.”

 

Roddy Peters: “I really liked the coaching staff and I’m looking forward to playing and learning from Coach [Mark] Turgeon. Coach [Dalonte] Hill and I really bonded during this process.

The Terps practice and work hard; they are very disciplined on the court and I feel it will be a great fit.

 

“Maryland basketball has great history and a rich tradition. I loved watching Steve Francis, Juan Dixon and Greivis Vasquez play. I am just excited to have the opportunity to continue playing basketball at the University of Maryland.”

 

George McClure, Suitland High School Basketball Coach: “Roddy is a loyal young man who could have left public high school and attended a prep school – but he wanted to play at Suitland with his teammates. He understands the importance of getting an outstanding education and he will do well academically. Roddy is the best high school player that I have seen in the open court – not just the best player that I have coached in the open court – but that I have watched play. His skill-set will be unique to Maryland and will be a benefit when he is in the open court.

 

“The first time I met Roddy he shared with me that he was always a fan of Maryland.  He loved the 2002 NCAA Championship teams with Juan Dixon. Once his game developed, he knew in his heart that if he was fortunate enough to receive an offer from Maryland he would jump at the opportunity. His heart has always been with Maryland.

 

“Roddy developed a bond with Coach [Dalonte] Hill. He also had a good relationship with Coach [Mark] Turgeon. He felt very comfortable and that was the final piece that pulled it all together and helped make his decision. That was the icing on the cake.”

 

Paul Biancardi, ESPN.com National Recruiting Director: “He’s clever, he’s smart, he can beat guys off the dribble. He’s more of a combo guard right now. He’s got size on the perimeter. Roddy Peters can do a lot of things well. When you get a point guard with size, speed and clever with the ball, he’s going to help Maryland a lot.”

 

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