Terrell Stoglin suspended by Terps, will leave team and enter NBA draft

When he was in elementary school, Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin — already talented — created a scrapbook about his basketball skills. "No one can stop him," Stoglin wrote.

No one, it seems, but himself.

On Monday, Maryland confirmed that Stoglin — a prodigious scorer who took a higher percentage of the team's total shots last season than almost any Terp in the last 60 years — had been suspended for a year for violating rules governing student athletes.

Stoglin, a sophomore, entered his name for the NBA draft on Sunday, the last day a player could sign up for the June 28th draft.

A year suspension suggests multiple violations of the same university rule. Citing issues of confidentiality, athletic department officials would not say what rule Stoglin violated. The only offense cited in the university's "Policy on Conduct and Ethics for Student-Athletes" and the "Drug Policy for Student-Athletes" that specifically mandates a year-long suspension is a third violation of the drug policy.

Mychal Parker also was suspended for a year for a rules violation. The swingman already declared his intention to transfer April 9. Parker, a sophomore, averaged 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds last season.

Stoglin's departure will change the chemistry of the team and provide immediate opportunities for a highly-rated, incoming class that includes two guards: Sam Cassell Jr., and Seth Allen.

Reached Monday, Allen, a combo guard from Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian, said he was saddened to hear he would not be playing with Stoglin. The two spent time together during Allen's official campus visit.

"One door closes and a new door opens. I just wish him the best," Allen said.

Allen said he recognized that Stoglin's absence could mean more minutes for the freshmen.

"It would have been great to play with Terrell. Don't get me wrong (but) it's a bigger opportunity for me," Allen said.

"The only returning guard is Nick (Faust) with Pe'Shon (Howard) out," Allen said.

Howard, the point guard, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in February but is expected back. Howard was arrested early Sunday and given a criminal citation for disorderly conduct. Maryland said it would decline comment on Howard "until the situation has run its course through local and campus judicial procedures."

Faust (City) emerged as a potential star in the latter portions of Maryland's 17-15 season. The freshman put together a string of double-digit scoring games.

Stoglin, who attempted more than twice as many field goals as any of his teammates, occasionally found himself benched for taking bad shots or not playing adequate defense.

But Stoglin possessed the ability to create his own shot. Fewer college guards were tougher or more self-assured with the ball.

Last season, the 6-foot Stoglin became Maryland's first Atlantic Coast Conference scoring champion since Joe Smith in 1995. Stoglin averaged 21.6 points per game on 41.3 percent shooting.

Stoglin said during the season that he was studying his options. After the season ended, he said he planned to return for his junior year, but then he was suspended.

Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was not made available by Maryland to comment. Neither Stoglin nor his father, Joe, who lives in Tucson, Ariz., could be reached on Monday.

"Being a University of Maryland student-athlete carries a tremendous honor and responsibility," athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a written statement. "As much as we appreciate the effort (Stoglin and Parker) gave to the program this season, they were unable to live up to that responsibility. We're disappointed, but hope they use this as a learning experience."

While Stoglin is a versatile scorer, experts say his NBA prospects could be enhanced by honing and showcasing the passing and game-management skills that would be expected of someone his size.



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