Dalonte Hill will join Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon’s coaching staff, sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed Tuesday.
Also, Turgeon’s top assistant at Texas A&M, Scott Spinelli, is expected to join the staff later this week.
That tandem, along with holdover Bino Ranson, will give the Terps a formidable recruiting tandem.
Keeping his top assistant is one thing, but observers throughout the local basketball scene see Turgeon’s effort to land Hill as an aggressive move. A Washington native and 1997 All-Met forward at the Newport School in Kensington, Hill is known for his ties to the D.C. Assault travel team, having brought several players from that club to Manhattan, Kan., notably Michael Beasley.
Hill also has ties to the Washington area’s other top travel team, Team Takeover, which is run by Keith Stevens, who was a Newport assistant during Hill’s playing days.
In addition to his local ties, Hill also has been known as the nation’s highest paid assistant coach. At Kansas State, Hill had a base salary of $423,750 with bonuses that could total another $80,000 depending on the team’s success. He had four seasons remaining on his contract that included a $50,000 buyout to leave early.
Two sources familiar with the discussions said that Hill was willing to take a pay cut to come to Maryland. He wanted to return to the Washington area and is hopeful that the move will better position him for a head coaching job.
After meeting with Turgeon on Saturday, the sources said, Hill returned to Kansas State and met with Wildcats Coach Frank Martin. Hill was supposed to give Turgeon a response on Monday, the sources said, but apparently was conflicted with the decision and needed extra time to make a choice.