Sources: Terps assistant Dalonte Hill being paid $300,000

COLLEGE PARK — It was just a few years ago that the salaries of Maryland's assistant men's basketball coaches ranked at or near the bottom of Atlantic Coast Conference schools.

Times have changed.

Multiple sources said Thursday that Maryland is paying Dalonte Hill about $300,000 to be an assistant coach on Mark Turgeon's staff.

Hill is a well-known recruiter hired by Turgeon from Kansas State in May. Hill was known at Kansas State for being among the best-paid assistants in the country. In September 2010, the Kansas City Star reported that Hill's annual salary with the Wildcats had been increased to $423,750.

Maryland fans had been wondering in recent months how much Hill got to come to College Park.

Maryland has been seeking to upgrade the men's basketball assistants' pay. In December 2009, a survey in The Washington Times concluded that, under former athletic director Deborah Yow, former head coach Gary Williams' assistant coaches were collectively the lowest-paid among the ACC's eight public schools.

The newspaper reported that Keith Booth and Robert Ehsan were the only assistants in the conference with guaranteed annual compensation of less than $100,000.

Williams retired last May and was replaced by Turgeon, who hired Hill and Scott Spinelli and retained Bino Ranson on Maryland's staff.

Hill has deep Washington-area roots and is the former coach of the Amateur Athletic Union's D.C. Assault.

Hill could not be reached for comment. Details of his contract are still being finalized, but the salary has been set, according to officials familiar with the negotiations.

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