Kudos to Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon for finding a way to get Shaquille Cleare home to his native Bahamas this summer. The Terps will begin a week-long exhibition swing through the islands on Monday. Sadly for Cleare, he won’t be able to suit up and…
Smotrycz gives Maryland new options
Smotrycz was a free agent, so to speak, for 26 days. Michigan announced he would transfer on March 21, 2012. Two weekends later, he hosted Providence, Xavier and Maryland for in-home visits. After that, he scheduled campus visits to Providence, Colorado and Baylor. But he visited College Park first and wound up canceling everything else. He committed on April 16.
Smotrycz’s visit to Maryland mirrored the visits he took in high school. Upon landing at Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, Maryland’s coaching staff whisked him away to dinner at a restaurant in Baltimore, one of the hot spots they often take recruits. “We have a few,” Clark said. “There’s a few places that combine great food, great service and great location and atmosphere.”
At this point, Maryland starts in on its pitch: Come play at Comcast Center. Come to school near Washington, D.C. Come join the Terps family. Smotrycz, like all other recruits, then toured the campus and visited the facilities. He met with Athletic Director Kevin Anderson and attended a baseball game with his future teammates. The coaching staff watched film and relayed their vision for Smotrycz’s use. The key is getting down to business. “The transfer has been through the washer already,” assistant coach Bino Ranson said. “They know what they want.”
"Toward the end of last season, as the Maryland men’s basketball team made its postseason run through the ACC tournament and into the National Invitation Tournament semifinals at Madison Square Garden, the Terrapins began deviating from their smash-mouth principles, succeeding instead with guard-heavy lineups featuring, at most, one big man. It all culminated against Denver in the second round, when an utterly baffled Coach Mark Turgeon threw his hands up, tossed five guards onto the floor and basically let them play pickup.
Things will be a little more structured next season, but having transfer Evan Smotrycz eligible will allow Turgeon to experiment more with four-guard or even five-guard lineups, hurling wrenches at opposing defenses with the versatile stretch four.”
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“It will continue. It will continue,” Thompson said of the future of the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry. “Now, is it gonna be every year? I don’t know. The unfortunate fact, when they started this process of breaking off, is now they’ve fallen into the clump of out-of-conference scheduling, and that’s a hard balance to try to fit in each and every thing. […] We don’t know who’s gonna be in your league, how many league games you’re going to play.”
(via Is there a chance that the Maryland-Georgetown rivalry could restart? | CollegeBasketballTalk)
@TroyMachir caught some floor-level images from Maryland’s floor storming.
“WASHINGTON, D.C. – Through just four minutes of play, it was easy to see that Maryland’s Dezmine Wells was going to have a major impact. The Xavier-transfer scored the Terrapins first eight points of the game, and 36 minutes later, walked off the court with a career-high 25 points as Maryland defeated George Mason 69-62 in the BB&T Classic at The Verizon Center.
“He’s just feeling more comfortable”, said Terrapins’ head coach Mark Turgeon following the win on Sunday afternoon.
“A week ago, Saturday against Georgia Southern, he was about as bad as he could be, and he just flipped the switch and got real aggressive. He got some open looks early, got eight points right out of the chute. He had a great week.”
(via Wells scores career high, has Terrapins in position to compete atop ACC | CollegeBasketballTalk)