It was reported earlier this morning that Maryland’s leading scorer Terrell Stoglin, who previously tested the NBA Draft waters this off-season only to return, announced that he was declaring for the NBA Draft. Just recently it was announced by the Baltimore Sun’s Jeff Barker that both he and guard Mychal Parker, who already announced his decision to transfer, were both suspended for one year by the University.
The one-year suspension would seem to indicate multiple violations of the Maryland Student-Athlete Code of Conduct. It now appears, for Stoglin at least, that he was suspended for his third failed drug test — according to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times.
Per a source, suspension for Stoglin is tied to failed drug tests. Code of conduct prescribes a one-year suspension for 3 failed drug tests
— Patrick Stevens (@D1scourse) April 30, 2012
An announcement from the school’s Athletic Director Kevin Anderson states:
“Being a University of Maryland student-athlete carries a tremendous honor and responsibility,” said director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “As much as we appreciate the effort these two young men gave to the program this season, they were unable to live up to that responsibility. We’re disappointed, but hope they use this as a learning experience.”
This was a big risk by head coach Mark Turgeon. Suspending Stoglin for a year almost certainly meant he was leaving, and knowing that he continued with it. It will be an unpopular move in the fan base, but Turgeon and Stoglin clearly did not get along all season and if he violated the Student Code of Conduct multiple times, he had to go. It will be good for the program in the long run.
The loss of Stoglin is massive. The Tucson, AZ native averaged an ACC-leading 21.6 points per game, while grabbing 3.4 rebounds a game. He was one of the few scoring options throughout the year and had to carry the Terps through long stretches of games, and the season. Parker had already declared his intentions of transferring earlier in the off-season. He looked to be headed to UAB, ECU or Loyola (Md.).
Without Stoglin in the lineup it will mean that, more than likely, Guards Seth Allen, Sam Cassell Jr. or Forward Jake Layman will be in the starting lineup. Obviously, it is very early to speculate on the starting lineup before any of the freshmen have made it to campus.
Stoglin is no guarantee for the NBA. Amongst many draft websites he is not even listed in the top 100 prospects for this year. Teams view him as selfish and a ball hog, so he will have very little time to reverse those perceptions of him.
In other news, Maryland Guard Pe’Shon Howard was cited inside Shanghai Cafe in College Park on Sunday morning for disorderly conduct according to The Washington Post.
“We are aware of an incident Sunday morning regarding Pe’Shon Howard,” said a statement from the Athletic Department. “We will have no comment on the matter until the disposition of the situation has run its course through local and campus judicial procedures.”
Howard was the only one charged in this situation, which seems extremely odd. Howard, who was expected to regain his starting point guard position next season, is awaiting a court date.
More on both stories as they develop. For more information on the University of Maryland, follow Brendan Darr on twitter: @BrendanDarr1067