BALTIMORE – The University of Maryland men’s and women’s basketball programs were the center of attention before the Baltimore Orioles took on the Boston Red Sox last Thursday as part of the university’s Pride Tour. Men’s head coach Mark Turgeon and women’s head coach Brenda Frese threw out the ceremonial first pitches in front of […]
BALTIMORE – The University of Maryland men’s and women’s basketball programs were the center of attention before the Baltimore Orioles took on the Boston Red Sox last Thursday as part of the university’s Pride Tour.
Men’s head coach Mark Turgeon and women’s head coach Brenda Frese threw out the ceremonial first pitches in front of a large Camden Yards crowd.
“It’s all about location. I’m a little older. I don’t think you can expect a lot out of my arm. I just don’t want to make SportsCenter’s ‘Not Top 10.’ That’s my whole goal,” Turgeon said before his throw.
The men’s team has aspirations of returning deep into the NCAA Tournament with star player Melo Trimble staying for another year after he withdrew his name from this year’s NBA Draft. The Terrapins lost the other four starters aside from Trimble from last season’s 27-9 team, which means a lot of new faces for the men next season.
Turgeon has now turned to Duquesne graduate transfer L.G. Gill, as well as incoming freshmen Justin Jackson and Joshua Tomaic, to fill the void in the frontcourt for Maryland. Also coming to College Park is St. John’s speedy point guard Anthony Cowan.
“When everybody comes into your office and tells you they’re going to the NBA, you put your head down and you go to work. And I’m really proud of what we’ve done. My staff did an amazing job and the glaring weakness was Robert Carter’s position. I’m happy for Robert, it’s great for him, but it was unexpected,” Turgeon said.
The Terrapins didn’t finish last season with the NCAA Championship they were hoping for as they exited the tournament in the Sweet 16. But next year may be better after their growth from last season.
“We were blessed with Melo coming back. We didn’t expect Melo to come back. It helps give us a little momentum going into next year,” Turgeon said. “I think he’ll approach this year totally different than he did last year. I keep saying, last year Melo had a target on his back and this year he’s going to have a chip on his shoulder. I don’t think he’ll have the pressure on him that he had last year. Our team had a tremendous amount of pressure on us. I think he grew from that.”
Meanwhile, the Lady Terps finished last season 31-4 with the Big Ten Conference title. Although Maryland entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed, it was upset in the second round by seventh-seeded Washington.
The Lady Terps figure to be in decent shape for next year. The team’s top two scorers, Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Brionna Jones, will both return for their senior seasons, while Kristen Confroy will be back for her junior year.
The Maryland Pride Tour will continue to roll on as it next stops in our nation’s capital to continue to spread Terps fever.