COLLEGE PARK — — Mark Turgeon has been spending lots of time lately with the kids — and not just his three young children. The Maryland coach is now working with a handful of freshmen on a team that appears to be the youngest he will coach since Wichita State in 2001-02.
First-year players — there were a half-dozen of them — were an integral part of a Shockers team that went 15-15 (9-9 Missouri Valley Conference) in Turgeon's second season in Wichita, Kan.
Maryland, which has begun holding 16, one-hour, summer-session practices, may start as many as three freshmen in some games this season. Only four scholarship players — Nick Faust, Alex Len, Pe'Shon Howard and James Padgett — are due to return.
Maryland's incoming class is its most touted since the group that entered after the 2002 national championship season.