What’s inspired about the Turgeonites is the trademark gray patch they sport in their hair. It’s baby powder, right, Turgeonites?
You’ve got to own a role like that, and they clearly do. I also like that the Turgeonites are not all men.
I hope the Turgeonites don’t get as sad as the coach does after hard losses. In his postgame remarks, Turgeon will sometimes lower his head as he replays difficult moments.
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Sometimes you think he’s just going to lay down behind the podium and curl into the fetal position.
If he thought about the Turgeonites in those moments, maybe that would cheer him up.
What else is happening in the world of Maryland men’s basketball and football?
Matt Bracken: Markus and Barker have the Terps-Duke game covered above, I wrote about new rankings for UM basketball targets in the weekly recruiting roundup, and we recapped football Signing Day extensively last week. So now seems to be as good a time as any to catch up on some random Maryland-related basketball notes, most of which are happening away from College Park.
A rough recent stretch for Alex Len doesn’t appear to have hurt his draft status. NBADraft.net projects Len to be selected with the No. 8 overall pick in June’s draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. DraftExpress.com is even more optimistic about Len’s draft status, pegging the sophomore to the Phoenix Suns at No. 5. ESPN.com’s Chad Ford, meanwhile, has Len ranked as the No. 6 prospect in this draft.
Len would be the fourth former Maryland player in the NBA if all goes as planned. The New Orleans Hornets’ Greivis Vasquez (13.9 ppg, 9.4 apg, 4.6 rpg), the Los Angeles Lakers’ Steve Blake (5.0 ppg, 3.3 apg, 1.8 rpg) and the Boston Celtics’ Chris Wilcox (4.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg) are the others.
Remember Martin Breunig? The 6-foot-8 forward from Leverkusen, Germany committed to the Terps during Gary Williams’ last season, but Maryland parted ways with the three-star prospect once Mark Turgeon took over. Breunig, now a sophomore at Washington, has appeared in just eight games this season, averaging 0.1 points and 0.8 rebounds.
We’ve saved the most obscure note for last. Two former Maryland forward commitments that never actually suited up for the Terps are teammates on the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League. Terrence Jennings, who pledged to the Terps in the summer of 2007 but ultimately signed with Louisville, is averaging 4.9 points and 3.2 rebounds for the Energy. He has appeared in 26 games, making one start. Gus Gilchrist, who spent a semester at Maryland as a redshirt before transferring to South Florida, has seen action in six games, averaging 0.7 points and 0.7 rebounds.