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Tracking the Terps
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After injuries, Terps seniors Dez Wells, Evan Smotrycz adjust to new roles, seek old form

One of the more surprising aspects of the Maryland men's basketball team's 17-3 start this season has been that two seniors haven't been largely responsible for it.

Guard Dez Wells has shown just flashes of the player who led the Terps in scoring in each of his first two seasons in College Park, and forward Evan Smotrycz is only now providing more regular glimpses of the player who averaged 11 points and six rebounds as a starter last season.

Since coming back from a fractured right wrist in late December that sidelined for a month, Wells has averaged 11.5 points and nearly five rebounds per game. A 50.5 percent shooter over the past two seasons, Wells has shot just 40.3 percent from the field, though his accuracy from beyond the arc (52.0 percent) has improved dramatically.

Asked why Wells has not yet re-established himself as Maryland’s primary scorer, coach Mark Turgeon said Saturday: “It could be the way he is being played. They doubled him on the post the other night [in a loss at...

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Three-star DeMatha junior Darryl Turner becomes Terps' third commit in Class of 2016

Maryland picked up its second commitment of the weekend Saturday, securing an oral commitment from DeMatha junior Darryl Turner, who announced the news on Twitter.

A three-star Class of 2016 prospect according to, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Turner plays slot receiver and safety at DeMatha. He is also a kick returner.

“Darryl Turner was arguably our most valuable player for us this year,” DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks said. “He started at slot receiver, kick returner and safety. And if there was a play to be made, he made it. I think the only problem we had was getting him enough touches.

“I want to say — we calculated it — he scored every three times he touched the football. That’s the type of dynamic playmaker he is, and very similar to [Terps cornerback and returner] Will Likely.”

Maryland coaches are unsure of what position Turner will play in college, Brooks said.

Turner had eight interceptions at safety, and Brooks said Turner had more than 600 receiving yards and at least...

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Former four-star cornerback D'Andre Payne transferring from Tennessee to Maryland

A day that began with the news that one of Maryland’s top recruiting targets had committed orally elsewhere ended with the Terps adding a former four-star cornerback to their secondary.

Washington native and Tennessee freshman D’Andre Payne, who graduated from H.D. Woodson (D.C.), tweeted Friday night that he will transfer to Maryland.

“Told y’all we making big moves,” Maryland Class of 2015 commit Adam McLean tweeted after Payne’s announcement. ranked Payne as the 18th-best cornerback and second-best player from Washington in last year’s recruiting class.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Payne had four tackles in eight games as a true freshman at Tennessee.

While Payne likely will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules, he could redshirt and still have three years of eligibility remaining.

“Patience is key,” Payne tweeted. “The lord works in mysterious ways! Let’s get it.”

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Four-star offensive tackle Isaiah Prince chooses Alabama over Terps, Ohio State

Eleanor Roosevelt offensive tackle Isaiah Prince, whom Rivals rates as the top Class of 2015 prospect from Maryland, has orally committed to Alabama, a source confirmed.

Maryland and Ohio State were other schools Prince was considering in his final three.

Rivals rates the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Prince as the fourth-best offensive tackle and 67th-best overall prospect in the Class of 2015.

The Terps are in the process of revamping their offensive line through recruiting. While they have four oral commitments from Class of 2015 offensive linemen rated as three-star prospects or better, not landing Prince is surely disappointing for coach Randy Edsall and his staff.

247Sports first reported Prince’s commitment.

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Recalling 2002 championship, Terps assistant Juan Dixon has 'butterflies' going to Indiana

Juan Dixon doesn’t know the kind of reception he will receive Thursday when he walks into Assembly Hall for the first time. The former Maryland star, now a special assistant to Mark Turgeon, doesn’t even know if this generation of Indiana basketball will make the connection.

It has been nearly 13 years since Dixon, then a senior and one of the best college players in the country, broke the collective heart of Hoosiers everywhere. He didn’t do it in a regular season game like the one No. 13 Maryland and No. 23 Indiana will play here at 9 p.m.

Dixon did it on the sport’s biggest stage – the 2002 NCAA championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, where he led the Terps to a 64-52 victory and the school’s only men’s basketball national title. After scoring 33 points in the semifinals against Kansas – Turgeon’s alma mater – Dixon had 18 against Indiana.

The game has been replayed many times over the past few years, particularly when the Terps officially joined the Big Ten last summer....

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Ahead of Terps' game at Indiana, Mark Turgeon recalls first trip to Assembly Hall

As a graduate assistant at Kansas, Mark Turgeon drove from Lawrence to Bloomington, Ind., with former Jayhawks teammate Tad Boyle for a coaching clinic run by the legendary Bob Knight.

Turgeon, whose Terps will play No. 23 Indiana Thursday at 9 p.m., recalled Knight running a drill involving the motion offense using one of his players.

“They had a player named (Matt) Nover on the team, they ran the motion offense and Nover was just standing around and he [Knight] said, ‘Nover, do you know what a statue is?’ And he [Nover] says, ‘Yessir, it’s a stationary object.’ And Bobby Knight says, ‘Do you know what pigeons do to statues, Nover? So get your butt moving.’”

Turgeon said he wasn’t that wide-eyed back then, having played on a Kansas team that reached the Final Four when he was a junior and won the national championship in 1988 when he and Boyle, now the coach at Colorado, were graduate assistants.

“I’ve seen a lot of banners, it’s a lot different,” Turgeon said. “I was coming from...

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