MARK TURGEON’S resume , demeanor, basketball accumen, recruiting ethic and attitude, and his overall leadership capabilities have absolutely astounded me. And I barely have had time to study him. But I will. This brings me to East Coast Bias especially in basketball.A Clemson-Virginia game has had more appeal to me then a Texas A&M –Kansas State game. Untile the NCAA tournament I knew Derrick Williams was good but not a #1 NBA pick. Teams West of the Mississippi are barely in our radar. Of course we watch UCLA and Coach Ben Howland, and Texas and Rick barnes (ACC guy), maybe a little Kansas State because of Coach Frank Martin, Texas Tech for a while w\when Bobby Knight was there, Gonzaga and Mark Few, and a few more. But I really missed the boat with Frank Turgeon. Fortunately our great Athletic Director, Kevin Anderson was fully aware of Turgeon. What impresses me most about Turgeon’s background–his relationship with maybe one of the greatest coaches ever-Larry Brown. Mark was Larry’s point guard as Kansas. Larry Brown as well as Roy Williams serve as Turgeon’s mentors. Forget Roy, Turgeon revealed today that Gary Williams was one of the main reasons he came to Maryland!!!. Just look at Turgeon’s record:
|Jacksonville State Gamecocks (Trans America Athletic Conference) (1998–2000)|
|Wichita State Shockers (Missouri Valley Conference) (2000–2007)|
|2002–2003||Wichita State||18–12||12–6||T–3rd||NIT Opening Round|
|2003–2004||Wichita State||21–11||12–6||T–2nd||NIT 2nd Round|
|2004–2005||Wichita State||22–10||12–6||2nd||NIT 2nd Round|
|2005–2006||Wichita State||26–9||14–4||1st||NCAA Sweet Sixteen|
|Texas A&M Aggies (Big 12 Conference) (2007–2011)|
|2007–2008||Texas A&M||25–11||8–8||6th||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2008–2009||Texas A&M||24–10||9–7||T–4th||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2009–2010||Texas A&M||24–10||11–5||T–2nd||NCAA 2nd Round|
|2010–2011||Texas A&M||24–9||10–6||3rd||NCAA 1st Round|
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