Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon has announced Scott Spinelli has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Boston College men’s basketball team.
“Scott and I have known each other for a long time and have worked together for the last eight years,” Turgeon said. “He is an outstanding coach and recruiter and has been a great member of my staff while at Wichita State, Texas A&M and Maryland. This is a great personal and professional opportunity for Scott and it’s a chance for his family to move back to the New England region. Scott’s been a great friend and I wish him, his wife Lynn, and his family the very best.”
“I want to thank Mark for the great opportunity,” Spinelli said. “I enjoyed working with him over the past eight years and I am proud of our accomplishments. I had a tremendous experience at Maryland and sincerely enjoyed working closely with the basketball staff, student-athletes and the athletics department. This was a very unique opportunity that was presented to my family and I, and we are eager to return home. On behalf of my entire family, I would like to thank the University of Maryland community and wish them the very best.”
My take–I am not sure why Spinelli left for a similar gig. I guess he wants to be home.
Dez Wells, Senior
Evan Smotrycz, Senior
Jon Graham, Senior
Seth Allen, Junior
Jake Layman, Junior
Charles Mitchell, Junior
Damonte Dodd, Sophomore
Melo Trimble, Freshman
Dion Wiley, Freshman
Jared Nickens, Freshman
Trayvon Reed, Freshman
Michal Cekovsky, Freshman
Certainly this will be a major topic of disussion on Terp Talk Wednesday night. The second the news got out, I was besieged with inquiries as to what’s going on. Look the landscape of college sports has changed. When a kid is unhappy, he leaves. It’s not just at Maryland where this happens. It seems like the cavalry is arriving next year. Melo Trimble is sure to be a major contributor. Trayvon Reed and now Michal Cekovsky, each could play a major role with the squad. With Seth Allen, Dez, Jake, Smotrycz and Mitchell returning my advice is to relax and watch this team develop. There is still room for a transfer or possibly 2. The names will be out there. It’s just an unusual day at College Park.
Here is the release from the Athletic Department:
“I really enjoyed coaching Nick, Shaq and Roddy,” Turgeon said. “It is unfortunate that they will no longer be a part of the program. I wish them the very best in their future endeavors.”
Cleare averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game as a sophomore. In 69 career games (28 starts), he averaged 3.4 points and 2.6 rebounds for the Terps.
Faust started 13 games in 32 appearances last season, averaging 9.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists. In 102 games (66 starts), he averaged 9.3 points and 3.8 rebounds.
Peters appeared in all 32 games during the 2013-14 season, averaging 4.1 points and 2.1 assists in 15.1 minutes per game.
Driving home from DC in a driving snow, I was forced to slow down and miss the NIT Selection show. About 9PM, I called Wayne Viener and asked –”so who are we playing. ” His response after he accused me of kidding him, was “We didn’t make the NIT.”
Now I for one have repeatedly stated that I couldn’t care less about the NIT. But I will admit, I find it unbelievable not to have made it.
Anyway that’s 7 years out of 10 not getting a ticket to the dance.
By the way, Commissioner Swofford was probably celebrating Maryland’s 2013-14 final reckoning. I guess he had nothing to do with Coach K’s lobbying for NC State to get a ticket, which it did. Absolutely nauseating. Rooted very hard for UVA today. Coach Tony Bennett has done a remarkable job there.
I am confident that Coach Turgeon will clear this up. Who is good and who is bad? How will the next 4 recruits fit in? Is Melo Trimble a point guard? Can we rely on Mitchell and Cleare?
The Terps need a change. Welcome to the BIG. Thank heavens.
Scouting Florida State
The Seminoles closed out the regular season by winning three of their final four games, most recently falling to Syracuse, 74-58. Maryland and Florida State split the regular season series, with both teams winning their respective home contests.
Florida State is the best shooting team in the ACC, ranking first with a .465 field goal percentage. The team is strong defensively, as well, ranking second in the conference (23rd nationally) in field goal percentage defense (.397).
Three players average more than 13 points for the ‘Noles: Aaron Thomas (14.1/g), Ian Miller (13.7/g) and Okaro White (13.3/g). White also leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per game.
Season Series Rewind: FSU
Maryland fell victim to a hot-shooting Florida State team that made 16 3-pointers to win, 85-61, in the first meeting on Jan. 12. Ian Miller made six 3-pointers on his own for 20 points, while the Terps shot just 33 percent.
The Terrapins flipped the script in the second meeting at Comcast Center on Feb. 8, shooting 52 percent and winning, 83-71. Seth Allen dazzled the Maryland crowd, scoring a career-high 32 points on 11-of-15 shooting (7-of-10 from 3-pt range) to lead the Terps.
Allen’s 32-point night made up for the first meeting, when he had only one point on 0-of-8 shooting. Dez Wells scored 15 points in both games.
Observations of a great Terrapin win:
A very strong 26 minutes from Shaq Cleare. This is very promising as Shaq has had his 2nd fine effort in a row.
Seth once again was special at home. He took over the overtime and perhaps he might become the go to guy when the game is on the line. We can only wonder how much better this team could have been with a healthy Seth Allen the entire season
Smotrycz coming off the bench again–5-7 shooting, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, 0 Turnovers
Turgeon honored the all the hard work and effort by the Terps’ lone Senior, John Auslander by honoring him with a start today
Dez turned in his usual 2nd half performance, garnering 16 points on 5-7 shooting
For UVA joe harris was mediocre today with 12 points on 3-10 from the field. Akil Mitchell was invisible, but London Perrantes kept the Hoos in the game with his stellar PG play.
Lots of nostalgic feelings echoed throughout Comcast but honestly very little from me.
Storming the court against UVA?—a team the Terps have beaten 107 times—-???????????????
So it’s onto the ACC Tournament in neutral Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s amazing what a non event this has become. For years it was one of the most impossible tickets to get. You had to be in the upper reaches of donors to even get a pair of tickets. No more. The ACC has had to resort to tv ads in an effort to sell tickets. Several schools will be barely represented. I hardly know anyone from Maryland attending the event. As usual the Carolina schools will semi fill the arena should they advance to the semis and beyond. Wednesday play in games will be played before a virtually empty arena.
So long it’s been good to know you.