Mark Turgeon needs a few big men. And he has plenty of playing time to offer.
“Of course, we’d like to add a piece [for next season] but it’s got to be the right piece,” Turgeon said in a conference call with reporters on Tuesday. “We’re not going to add a stiff to add a stiff.”
In his first few weeks on the job, Turgeon has added a few pieces, one for this coming fall in Baltimore swingman Nick Faust and one for the 2012-13 season in Fredericksburg Christian guard Seth Allen. Landing a recruit just a few days after being hired, created some momentum in recruiting, Turgeon said, though NCAA regulations prohibit him from commenting specifically on Allen.
Turgeon sounded a bit like his predecessor when he said that he told Nick Faust’s mother, Lisa, “Hey, Lisa, if Nick doesn’t come to Maryland, I won’t be here in two or three years.” That was much like Gary Williams said (albeit after the fact) about Walt Williams choosing to stay at Maryland in the face of NCAA sanctions when Gary Williams replaced Bob Wade.
Turgeon said the one disappointment he has endured so far was not getting an opportunity to convince all of the team’s recruits for next fall to stay with the Terrapins. “We lost a few recruits in this process,” he said. “Probably the only bump [in the road] is people not giving me a chance to recruit them.”
Of his other successful recruiting job – convincing assistant coach Dalonte Hill to take a pay cut and leave Kansas State – Turgeon said that he was familiar with Hill from playing against the Wildcats in the Big 12 Conference.
“If I didn’t know Dalonte – I don’t care how dialed in Dalonte is – I wouldn’t have hired him,” Turgeon said. “He’s excited to be home. Just hiring Dalonte is going to open a lot of doors for us.”