Maryland unveils plans for new basketball performance center

October 08, 2019 | WNST Staff

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October 8, 2019 (College Park, Md.) – Maryland Athletics announced a comprehensive fundraising campaign to build a new Basketball Performance Center. The 60,000 square-foot facility would serve as the home for Maryland’s men’s and women’s basketball programs.

The Basketball Performance Center will feature two full-size practice courts, a shared strength and conditioning center that is specifically tailored to the needs of basketball student-athletes, sports medicine facilities, and state-of-the-art meeting and office space for coaches and program staff.

The $36 million project will be funded through philanthropic support and other athletic revenues. To date, Maryland Athletics has raised $19 million towards the project. Today’s announcement also marked the launch of the public phase of a fundraising campaign to raise the remaining $17 million. It is anticipated that design and construction will take 36 months. The project will be co-managed by the University of Maryland College Park Foundation.

“It is our vision that with a new Basketball Performance Center, the university will continue its ascent in the Big Ten Conference and provide our teams with the infrastructure they need to continue striving for championships,” said Damon Evans, Athletics Director. “This new center will help provide a transformative experience for our student-athletes, giving them an unmatched opportunity to become top collegiate basketball players.”

“The addition of a performance center will have an immeasurable impact on our basketball program as we strive to provide a first-class experience for our student-athletes,” said Mark Turgeon, head coach of men’s basketball. “The facility will upgrade nearly every facet of our program, further elevating our status in the national basketball landscape.”

“This training facility will keep both our basketball programs ahead of the curve and at the top of their games,” said Brenda Frese, head coach of women’s basketball.  “We always strive to be the best and this facility will represent that. In my 17 years at Maryland, the support we’ve received is incredible and I know our fans will love seeing our programs work out of the best facility in the country.”

The men’s basketball team has been ranked in the top-10 of nearly every national preseason poll, as it returns 80-percent of its scoring and 7-of-8 rotation players from a season ago. Two-time All-Big Ten honoree Anthony Cowan Jr. is back for his farewell senior season, in addition All-Big Ten Freshman Team member and Baltimore native Jalen “Stix” Smith.

The women’s basketball team is ranked No. 5 in the ESPNW and NCAA preseason polls. Last season, the Terps earned a record of 29-5 last season and won the Big Ten regular season title. The Terps welcome back all five starters, including All-Big Ten honorees Kaila Charles, Stephanie Jones, Shakira Austin and Big Ten Freshman of the Year Taylor Mikesell. This year, Maryland welcomes the No. 3 freshman class in the country.

More information about the Basketball Performance Center can be found online at www.umterps.com/bpc.