Michal Cekovsky was a major steal for Maryland
Romelo Trimble, Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens, and Travon Reed are all known commodities when it comes to Maryland’s 2014 recruiting class. Michal Cekovsky is not. but he probably won’t stay that way for long.
From his practice at Maryland this past week, it’s clear that the Slovakia native has an accurate touch from the foul line and terrific foot work in the paint. The 7-footer also has a ready-made face-up game and finishes through contact at the rim.
Armed with unbelievable hands and a high IQ, Cekovsky is more skilled than Alex Len was at this stage and is different than Len in the sense that he’s not your typical back-to-the-basket post player. There’s a good bet that this freshman will be the Terps’ starting center once Maryland begins Big Ten play next season.
Sophomore forward Charles Mitchell has been granted permission to transfer for his junior season to tend to his ill grandmother, the Maryland program announced on Thursday.
Mitchell will look to transfer to a school in or close to the Atlanta area where his grandmother helped raise him. One possible landing spot for Mitchell could be the University of Georgia.
“Recently, Charles shared with us that his grandmother had become ill,” Turgeon said in a statement. “I feel terrible for Charles and his family. Although we will miss Charles, we understand and support his decision to move closer to his home so he can help support and be there for his family. I appreciate Charles’ commitment to our program and he will always be a part of our family.”
Turgeon said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun that he has to “take total blame” for the departures.
“You don’t lose four guys and say, ‘Oh, it can’t be me,’ ” Turgeon said. “This is new territory for me. This has never happened” during his career as a head coach.
Turgeon said it was unclear as to why Allen left, but that he enjoyed coaching the 6-foot-1 guard, the first player to sign with the program after he took over in 2011.
“Seth’s a very good player. He won a lot of ballgames for us,” Turgeon said.
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Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced the hiring of Cliff Warren as the team’s director of basketball operations.
“Cliff is an outstanding addition to our staff,” Turgeon said. “He brings a wealth of experience at the collegiate level and has had success at a number of different programs. We’re excited for Cliff and his family to return to the Maryland area.”
Warren spent the past nine seasons as head coach at Jacksonville University, where he accounted for 126 wins – a program coaching record – and led the Dolphins to a pair of Atlantic Sun Championships in 2009 and 2010. He was also named Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year after the 2009 season.
A native of Silver Spring, Md., Warren spent five seasons as an assistant to Paul Hewitt at Georgia Tech, where he helped lead the Yellow Jackets to 96 wins and three NCAA Tournament appearances – including the school’s first-ever trip to the NCAA National Championship game in 2004.
Warren began his career at his alma mater, Mount St. Mary’s, and helped guide the Mountaineers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1995. He graduated from Mount St. Mary’s in 1990.
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.