Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon has been tabbed to lead the East All-Stars in the Division I College All-Star game, held this Friday at 5:30 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tex., part of the Final Four weekend festivities.
Stanford’s Johnny Dawkins, a Washington native who recently guided the Cardinal into the Sweet 16, will coach the other squad. The rosters have not yet been announced, but among Turgeon’s players will be Towson star Jerrelle Benimon, a Georgetown transfer who averaged 18.7 points and 11.2 rebound per game this season.
Three seasons into his gig at Maryland, Turgeon has yet to reach the NCAA tournament, going 17-15 overall and 9-9 in the ACC this past season and whiffing on the National Invitational Tournament, too. He sports a 59-33 record at Maryland and, this past season, earned his 300th career victory on Dec. 29 against Tulsa.
Dawkins and Turgeon, the first Kansas player to play in four straight NCAA tournaments, faced each other during the 1986 Final Four in Dallas, where Dawkins’s Duke team beat the Jayhawks in the national semifinals, 71-67.