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Maryland reportedly recruiting ex-Duke starter Rasheed Sulaimon

Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon celebrates as he leaves the floor after a win over the Maryland Terrapins at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 15, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina. Sulaimon, dismissed by the team in the winter, is now reportedly being recruited by Maryland.
Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon celebrates as he leaves the floor after a win over the Maryland Terrapins at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 15, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina. Sulaimon, dismissed by the team in the winter, is now reportedly being recruited by Maryland. (Grant Halverson / Getty Images)

Maryland's pursuit of an experienced shooting guard to replace Dez Wells has taken an interesting, though not unexpected, turn.

According to a report in the Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer, Maryland is one of several schools pursuing former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon.

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The 6-foot-4 Sulaimon, who was considered a rising star as a freshman when he averaged nearly 12 points per game, became the first player dismissed by legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski in late January for not "consistently living up to the standards required to be a member of this program."

In early March, the school newspaper reported that Krzyzewski and other athletic department personnel knew that Sulaimon had been accused by two women of sexual assault at a university-sponsored retreat more than a year earlier. No charges were ever filed with campus police, it was also reported.

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A Durham, N.C., attorney later told the News & Observer that the university had closed its own investigation into the allegations after not finding evidence to support them.

Sulaimon's playing time and production fluctuated since he started all but three games as a freshman, first with the arrival of transfer Rodney Hood and last season with the development of star freshman Justise Winslow. Sulaimon was averaging 7.5 points per game when he was dismissed.

Despite his dismissal, Sulaimon apparently kept close with his former teammates. On what appears to be his Twitter page, Sulaimon tweeted after the Blue Devils beat Wisconsin for Krzyzewski's fifth national title, "so happy for my guys man!!! What an amazing year. congrats@Duke_MBB #drivefor5".

Sulaimon, who has one year of eligibility remaining, would be able to play next season if he graduates this summer. Otherwise, he would have to sit out a year.

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The Terps were unsuccessful recruiting Drexel graduate transfer Damion Lee (Calvert Hall), who as a junior was the fifth-leading scorer (21.4) in the country. The 6-6 Lee picked Louisville last week.

Maryland currently has only one true shooting guard on the roster -- Dion Wiley, who played sporadically as a freshman last season. The Terps would also be able to use transfer combo guard Jaylen Brantley and 6-7 wing shooter Jared Nickens at that position.

Aside from Wells, the Terps also have to replace guard Richaud Pack, who as a graduate transfer started a majority of last season alongside Wells and freshman point guard Melo Trimble. Wells and Pack were considered the team's best perimeter defenders.

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