The buzz surrounding Shaquille Cleare has dulled a bit since the 6-9 power forward from Houston announced more than a year ago that he was coming to Maryland. The spring and summer of 2012 had all been about whether his former AAU teammates, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, would join him here next year.
On Tuesday, Turgeon made it clear that the 2012-13 team was more of a reflection of him: how the players he inherited had grown, how the players he recruited had raised the level of competitiveness in pickup games and, without mentioning names, how some of the players no longer here ¿ one in particular ¿ were not missed.
Bulkier and more self-assured, Maryland center Alex Len appears poised for a breakout season after an uneven freshman year in which he said he struggled to adjust to the physical nature of the American game and to understand play calls because of his limited English
Already visiting their family in nearby Baltimore, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, the nation's No. 3- and No. 6-ranked prospects in the class of 2013 according to 247Sports, stopped by College Park on Tuesday afternoon for an impromptu unofficial visit.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon has handed out scholarship offers to a select group of 2014 prospects, and one of them -- Cape Henry (Va.) sophomore Devon Hall -- was on campus Friday for the first time. Hall got to meet with several staff and faculty members and spent some time mingling with Maryland's players.
Lonny Baxter's life changed dramatically in the summer of 2006. Four years removed from helping Maryland win the national championship, Baxter's short-lived NBA career was already in jeopardy after he was released by the Houston Rockets ¿ his fourth team in as many years -- when the 2006 season ended.
Kevin Norris was in the Lake Clifton stands Jan. 27 when Patterson battled Largo in a Basketball Academy matchup. On the court for the Clippers was a 6-foot-10 shot-blocking machine that quickly caught the Florida Gulf Coast assistant's eye.
Victory, or the absence of it, will inevitably emerge as the chief talking point among commentators and fans when the final buzzer sounds sometime late Monday night in College Park and one team's ticket to the Sweet 16 is punched.
Steve Blake, as a steady and much sought-after point guard, has parlayed his skills into his current four-year, $16 million contract with the Lakers, it is not much different than the role he played during his four seasons at Maryland.
Brenda Frese would rather not revisit the turning point of her team's season. Seeing it once in person was enough. She was sick before the game, a Jan. 26 matchup with lowly Virginia Tech at Comcast Center.