Thursday, December 28, 2006

Chris Wilcox Highlight Video

Another video highlight reel from YouTube.com: Today's entry, Chris Wilcox's (2000-02) highlight reel from the 05-06 season with the Seattle Sonics:



He's also featured in a TV commercial for the Sonics:

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Juan Dixon Highlight Video

Found this on YouTube.com: it's a highlight reel of Juan Dixon's (1998-2002) first season in Portland.



Also, on Portland's team site, if you click on Juan Dixon (3rd from the left), you can view some videos of him talking and meeting fans (I can't figure out how to link directly to his page or the videos).

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Laron Profit Signs in Turkey

Laron Profit (1995-99) has signed in Turkey with Efes Pilsen, joining ex-Terp Drew Nicholas on the team. European sportswriters are learning quickly to use "Profit" as a pun in headline writing:
The 29-year-old small forward played 25 times for the LA Lakers last year, averaging 4.2 points and 1.7 rebounds, and has also had spells with the Washington Wizards, the Orlando Magic, and the Milwaukee Bucks.

The former University of Maryland player has also had spells in Italy and China in the past, and signs on an initial one month deal with the option to extend the contract until the end of the season.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Joe Smith Traded to Philadelphia 76ers

Joe Smith (1993-95) was traded from the Denver Nuggets to the Philadelphia 76ers yesterday. The news media is mostly focusing on one of the other guys involved in the trade, Allen Iverson. The Denver Post had this to say about Joe Smith:
Smith was acquired by Denver in a trade with Milwaukee on Aug. 10. He averaged 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 11 games with the Nuggets this season and is in the final year of a contract that pays $6.8 million this season. Philadelphia was looking to acquire at least one veteran player with a large expiring contract.

"As long as I get on the floor, I'm cool with it," Smith said. "I just want to play."


The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that this is Joe Smith's second stint in Philly:
A 12-year veteran, Smith has played for six franchises, including a brief stay with the Sixers in 1998. He is averaging 13.5 minutes in 11 games. His offensive numbers have steadily dropped since his sophomore season (18.7 points per game). Smith had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last December, sidelining him for 30 games. He garnered all-rookie first-team honors in 1996 and was named rookie of the month twice during his first season. Smith was the No. 1 overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the 1995 draft.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Byron Mouton playing for ABA in Cape Cod

Byron Mouton (2000-02) has joined the ABA's Cape Cod Frenzy:
The Cape Cod Frenzy of the American Basketball Association (ABA) announces the signing of 6'6 guard-forward Byron Mouton, a starter on the 2001 Maryland Terrapins' NCAA Championship squad. [...] Professionally, Mouton has been in NBA training camps (Boston Celtics 2002) and played overseas in Germany, Dominican Republic, and France.


I previously wrote about Byron and summarized his pro career last season, when he was playing for the ABA's Balitmore Pearls.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Obinna Ekezie playing for Moscow Dynamo

Obinna Ekezie (1995-99) has signed with Moscow Dynamo in Russia for the 2006-07 season. Here is his new Dynamo player profile, which includes a career team summary for Obinna at the bottom, showing where he has been playing since leaving the NBA a few years ago.

From the news section on the Moscow Dynamo website:
Looking to add size in the face of frontcourt injuries, Dynamo Moscow signed big man Obinna Ekezie in time for its Group A road game at Olympiacos on Thursday. Ekezie (208, 31) played only four ULEB Cup games last season with Lottomatica Roma, averaging 9 points and 5.2 rebounds. In 16 Italian League games, he posted 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals per game.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Travis Garrison Moves Back to Maryland

Travis Garrison (2002-06), drafted by the NBA D-League Los Angeles D-Fenders, was cut by the D-Fenders and subsequently picked up by the ABA's Maryland Nighthawks, who play their games at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. Here is Travis's new Nighthawks player profile.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Terps in the NBA-DL for 2006-07

With the NBA Developmental League (NBA-DL) starting its 2006-07 season this week, only two former Maryland players are on league rosters to start the season:

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Terps in the NBA: 2006-07 Season Edition

To summarize all the player trades and signings over the summer, here's a list of former Terps on NBA rosters as the 2006-07 season begins this week:

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Chris McCray Wins Roster Spot with Bucks

Chris McCray (2002-06), who was signed as a free-agent by the Milwaukee Bucks before training camp back in mid-September, has won the final roster spot, according to Bucks GM Larry Harris. His signing was not guaranteed: the Bucks had 17 players signed for training camp, with only 15 roster spots, and Chris was one of two players without guaranteed contracts. McCray's successes in camp and the preseason, combined with a few injuries won him a roster spot to open the season.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Nik Caner-Medley #5 in CBA Draft

Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06) was drafted fifth in the 2006 CBA draft by the Atlanta Krunk Wolverines. However, Atlanta, (formerly the ABA's Charlotte Krunk, which moved to Atlanta and joined the CBA as an expansion team this year) won't begin play in the CBA until the 2007-08 season, so it is still unclear where Nik will be playing this season.

Friday, October 27, 2006

John Gilchrist Heads Back to Israel

After a poor start in the French League, John Gilchrist (2002-05) has been cut by his French team, Pau-Orthez, and has signed with Hapoel Ironi Nahariya (scroll down to the October 19th news) back in Israel again, as evidenced by his new Israeli league player profile.

John hasn't had time to update his MySpace page yet.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Lonny Baxter Career Profile

I missed the article when it came out, but there was a long career profile of Lonny Baxter (1998-2002) in the Baltimore Sun earlier this month, in honor of his release from prison. Baxter is now in Italy practicing with his new team, Montepaschi Siena (you speak Italian, right?).

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Chris McCray Signs as Free Agent with Milwaukee

Chris McCray (2002-06), who went undrafted in this summer's NBA draft, has signed as a free agent with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks. He will be one of six rookies on the training camp roster vying for a spot with the team this season. He is reunited, at least temporarily, with former Terp teammate Steve Blake.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Rodney Elliott Signs in Australia

Rodney Elliott (1994-98) has signed on in Australia with the Sydney Kings. The Sydney Morning Herald says the coach is happy to have a player with international experience, and they hope to get 20 points a game from him:

Rodney Elliott is a little out of shape but is tall and experienced enough to fill a glaring gap in the Sydney Kings' playing roster.

It has been eight years since the American forward starred for and co-captained his University of Maryland team. Yet the Kings are hoping the prowess Elliott, 30, showed as a Maryland MVP surfaces for them soon. [...]

[Kings Coach Brian] Goorjian said Elliott's experience would count in a team where the average age was 25. "He's not another young one," he said. "He's got around the block. He's played in Italy, Serbia and his last stop was Turkey."

What does Goorjian hope for from the 204-centimetre utility? "Scoring," he said. "We need somebody that we can go to to put points on the board."

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Lonny Baxter Update

Lonny Baxter (1998-2002), who as you'll recall was arrested last month on gun charges in Washington, DC, and sentenced to two months in prison, will rejoin his Italian League club, Montepaschi Siena, after his release from jail. He has signed an extension with the club through 2008:

"We're counting on his spirit of renewal," Montepaschi Siena General Manager Ferdinando Minucci told the Associated Press yesterday. Minucci said Baxter is to be released from prison Oct. 11, three days after the Italian season starts, and is then expected to travel to Italy. The team expects Baxter to begin playing by early December, meaning he most likely will miss six to eight games.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

John Gilchrist Signs in France

John Gilchrist (2002-05) has signed to play in France for Pau-Orthez in the Euroleague. Gilchrist's hometown Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot says this about his choice to play in Europe:

For Gilchrist, who left the University of Maryland as a junior in 2005, the decision to join the Euroleague wasn't easy. He played well for the Denver Nuggets' summer league team, averaging 12.0 points and a team-high 4.4 assists. He would've had a chance to earn a spot on Denver's roster in training camp.

"Obviously my whole life I've had the goal to play in the NBA," Gilchrist said.

But Gilchrist has other factors to consider. The Nuggets were guaranteeing nothing. And Gilchrist needs to take care of [daughter] Haven, whose image is tattooed on his arm.


His new team in France is happy to have him (you speak French, right?), after his breakout year in Israel last season. The best part of this article, when I ran it through Google Translation, was the description of the other guy Pau signed on the same day, Britton Johnson:

This white interior of big size left in 2003 the FAC Utah with the following line of stats: 11,6 pts with 47,7% and 6,7 rbs. Not drafted, this Mormon however had his chance in NBA disputing 20 meetings with Orlando in 2003-2004.


Maryland hasn't had a white interior of big size since Mike Mardesich left...

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Ryan Randle to Play in Cyprus

Continuing the flurry of mid-summer player moves, Ryan Randle (2001-03) has signed with the Cyprus League's 2006 Champions, AEL Limassol.

That link probably won't work in a day or two... this website notoriously keeps changing their link names so nobody can link to their news. But look for the news item in the July 25, 2006 Market News. I can't find any other news stories (in any language) about the signing. If you find one, post it in the comments section.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Joe Smith Traded to Denver Nuggets

Joe Smith (1993-95) was traded from Milwaukee to the Denver Nuggets on August 10 in exchange for Ruben Patterson. Smith will make $6.8 million this season in the final year of hs contract. The Denver Post says this about their team's newest acquisition:

Smith averaged 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 47.5 percent from the field in 44 games for Milwaukee last season. The 6-foot-10, 225-pound 11-year veteran was the top pick in the NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors in 1995. Smith has averaged 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds over his career, including a career-high 18.7 points with Golden State during the 1996-97 season. He also has also played for Philadelphia.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Drew Nicholas Signs with Turkish Team

Drew Nicholas (1999-2003) signed a 2-year deal last month with Euroleague team Efes Pilsen in Istanbul, Turkey.

Nicholas (1.93 m) made his presence felt almost immediately in his debut Euroleague campaign, finishing as the regular season's scoring champ with an average of 18.6 points a game, almost 2 points clear of any other player. In the Top 16 matches, Nicholas dropped his scoring rate slightly to 18 points, third-best in that round.

Nicholas and Benetton failed to reach the Quarterfinal Playoffs in the Euroleague, but found their game to win the Italian League title later in the spring.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Steve Blake Traded to Milwaukee Bucks

Steve Blake (1999-2003) was traded along with two other players from Portland to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Jamal Magloire on July 31. Here's what the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has to say about their team's newest acquisition:

Although Mo Williams will go into training camp as the starter at point guard, based on two productive seasons with the Bucks, Blake will be given a chance to earn his share of backcourt playing time.

The 26-year-old Blake went from a third-string position to the starting point guard job with the Trail Blazers last season. He ranked third in the National Basketball Association in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.69-to-1) and averaged 8.2 points and 4.5 assists.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Lonny Baxter Signs in Italy, then Arrested in DC

Lonny Baxter (1998-2002) was arrested by the Secret Service on weapons charges last night a few blocks from the White House in Washington, DC.

If he doesn't go to jail for this, he has a one year deal waiting for him with Montepaschi Siena (Italy) of the Euroleague, which he just signed last week.

Edited 8/24/06: Baxter pleaded guilty and got 60 days in jail after the judge denied the prosecutor's request for probation as part of a plea deal. He won't be out in time to join his new Italian team for the start of the season.

Edited 8/25/06: Team officials for Siena weren't expecting such a long sentence, and now Baxter's career in Italy could be in doubt, since Baxter should have joined the team's training camp next Monday in preparation for the the Italian season, which starts on October 8.

Friday, August 04, 2006

John Gilchrist played for Denver Nuggets in Summer League

John Gilchrist (2002-2005) is back in the US for the summer, playing with the Denver Nuggets summer league team in Las Vegas. From the Virginian-Pilot newspaper article linked above:


Gilchrist seemed to help his cause last week in the Toshiba Vegas Summer League, a short circuit that draws a number of NBA players and free agents. He averaged 12 points and 4.4 assists playing five games for the Denver Nuggets and shooting 58 percent from the field. He and his agent, Joel Bell, are hoping the showing will result in a contract offer. If not, Gilchrist will head back overseas.

"All in all, I've received some positive reviews," Gilchrist said. "I'm just happy I'm in a better situation now than I was when I went out there."

Friday, June 30, 2006

Nik Caner-Medley on Detroit Summer Squad

Near the bottom of this sports round-up article in the Washington Post, it mentions that Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06) will play in the Detroit Piston's summer league team:

Former Maryland forward Nik Caner-Medley , who was not picked in Wednesday's NBA draft, said yesterday that he plans to compete with the Detroit Pistons in the upcoming NBA summer league.

"I felt I was one of the best 60 guys," Caner-Medley said, "but I don't think that is what the draft is really based on; it's based on need. In the long run, I don't think [being a second-round pick] makes that much of a difference" in terms of making a team.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Juan Dixon and Jimmy Patsos Running Basketball Camp

Juan Dixon (1998-2002) and former Terp Assistant Coach Jimmy Patsos (now the head coach at Loyola in Baltimore) are running an annual basketball camp together on the Loyola campus.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Caner-Medley and McCray at NBA Pre-Draft Camp

Nik Caner-Medley (2002-06) and Chris McCray (2002-06) are both attending an NBA Pre-Draft Camp in Orlando. According to the Washington Post article:

Maryland's Nik Caner-Medley and Chris McCray [...] are among 62 players participating in the NBA pre-draft camp this week at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

The camp, which is attended by front office personnel and coaches representing every NBA team, opened last night and runs through Sunday. The draft is June 28th. The five local players are considered to be borderline draft prospects.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Chris McCray Try-Out With the Wizards

Chris McCray (2002-06) was invited to a pre-draft workout by the Washington Wizards. He's not expected to be drafted, but is working out in hopes of being invited to training camp next summer.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Drew Nicholas Wins Euroleague Scoring Trophy

Drew Nicholas (1999-03) won an award for being the top scorer in the Euroleague this year. From the article:

The second annual Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy, named after the late Euroleague scoring champ who still holds the competition's record for highest average points per game, has been won by Drew Nicholas of Benetton Treviso. The Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy is the only end-of-season Euroleague award based purely on statistics. In his first Euroleague season, with a great combination of three-point shots and running jumpers, Nicholas amassed a scoring average of 18.4 points per game, the highest of any Euroleague player who played 12 games or more, the minimum standard for this award. Nicholas led all Regular Season scorers with 18.64 points per game. In the Top 16, his average of 18 points ranked third. Benetton was eliminated before the Quarterfinal Playoffs.

The article goes on to list Drew's highlights and stats from the past season in Europe's top basketball league.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Baltimore Area Players In Europe

The Baltimore Examiner ran a story this weekend on Baltimore area players in Europe. It mainly focuses on players from Baltimore schools like Towson and Loyola, but John Gilchrist also gets a mention for his great first season in Israel.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Exree Hipp Down Under

Exree Hipp (1992-96) was signed in March to play for Port City Power in Gladstone, Australia. Before signing down under, it looks like he was waived in November by the CBA's Albany Patroons.

Since leaving Maryland, Exree has been a frequent candidate for "Where Are They Now?" type articles in Sports Illustrated and ESPN thanks to his memorable name. He's best known in his post-collegiate career for playing as member of the Harlem Globetrotters for several years.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Kurtis Shultz: NFL Strength Coach

Kurtis Shultz (1991-95) was recently hired as the new Strength and Conditioning Coach for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had the same position for the Minnesota Vikings in 2004-05, until the coaching shake-up in Minnesota this off-season. Sports Illustrated had a great feature article on his workouts last summer.

In 2003, Kurtis had been the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Cincinatti Bengals. Prior to that, he was a strength and conditioning coach for the University of Maryland.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Walt Williams on Comcast Sportsnet

Walt Williams (1988-92) is working as a commentator for Comcast Sportsnet's Wizards Post-Game show.


Gary Williams credited Walt Williams numerous times for saving the basketball program at Maryland. Walt chose to stay and play for Gary when several other high profile players transferred away after Maryland was hit by sanctions at the end of the Bob Wade era.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

More to Come...

I'm heading out on vacation for a month, so that's all for now. I should be back in April with more nuggets of information about what happened to our favorite Maryland players of years past. Have a happy March Madness! Go Terps!

Friday, February 24, 2006

Maryland Players Drafted by the NBA, 1990-present

The final installment in our Friday draft history series: Maryland basketball players drafted by the NBA in the 90's and 2000's.

YearPlayerNBA TeamRound(Overall Pick)
1990Jerrod MustafNew York1(17)
Tony MassenburgSan Antonio2(43)
1991Brian Williams (x-Arizona)Orlando1(10)
Steve Hood (x-James Madison)Sacramento2(42)
1992Walt WilliamsSacramento1(7)
1993Evers BurnsSacramento2(31)
1995Joe SmithGolden State1(1)
1997Keith BoothChicago1(28)
1999Steve FrancisVancouver1(2)
Obinna EkezieVancouver2(37)
Laron ProfitOrlando2(38)
2001Terence MorrisAtlanta2(34)
2002Chris WilcoxLA Clippers1(8)
Juan DixonWashington1(17)
Lonny BaxterChicago2(43)
2003Steve BlakeWashington2(38)


(x) denotes a player who transferred away from Maryland prior to being drafted

Source: SportsStats.com

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Duane Simpkins Coaching High School in DC

Duane Simpkins (1992-96) is in his first season of coaching the varsity boys basketball team at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC.

This article in Italian seems to say that Duane played for the Shangdong Lions in China in 2003-04. Another earlier article from the same Italian website gives the best summary of Duane's career and says that he has been signed by Olympia in Italy for the 2002-03 season. Paraphrasing the Italian, it says he played in Belgium for Bree BBC in 1996-97, in France for Elan Sportif Chalonnais in 1997-98, then bounced around the CBA, USBL, and ABA. The article also calls him a "ferryman", but I suspect Google is mistranslating "journeyman". In 2001, he played for the EA All-Stars basketball team.

Simpkins's most famous moment at Maryland was, unfortunately, when it was revealed that he had racked up over $8000 in parking fines on campus. They even made fun if it in the Italian article I translated.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Steve Francis Traded to NY Knicks

Today, Steve Francis (1998-99) was traded to the New York Knicks in the middle of his second season with the Orlando Magic. Previously, Steve played five seasons with the Houston Rockets. From ESPN.com's article:

"This is a trade that we all feel makes us a better basketball team for both now and in the future," [Knicks GM Isiah] Thomas said in a news release announcing the deal. "In Steve, we add an All-Star caliber player to our team without giving up core assets that are key to our future."

Francis had career averages of 19.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 452 career games for the Rockets and Magic entering the 2005-06 season. He was the 2000 NBA Co-Rookie of the Year and was selected to start for the Western Conference All-Stars from 2002-2004.

"Acquiring a player of Steve's level and talent is very exciting for this team," [Knicks coach Larry] Brown said. "In him, we have added a veteran that could help us in many areas, and assist with our young players' development."


Steve Francis only played one season (his Junior year) at Maryland before turning pro. He transferred to Maryland from Allegany Community College, which you'll recall from previous posts, was the same Junior College that Steve Francis went to.

Johnny Rhodes last seen in ABA

Johnny Rhodes (1992-96) was last seen playing for the ABA's Maryland Nighthawks in 2004-05.

It looks like he played for the CBA's Yakima Sun Kings in 2001. And he was a Harlem Globetrotter for parts of 1999-2000. I've seen evidence from secondary sources that he has played all over the world in the past few years, for CBA, USBL, and ABA teams in the US, and internationally in Japan, Syria, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Italy.

Johnny is hard to track down. He may have gone by "John Rhodes" at some of his international stops. Also complicating the search, there is a different John Rhodes who was a former player and is a current assistant coach at Ohio University.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Rodney Elliott in Turkey

Rodney Elliott (1994-98) is playing in Turkey's D1 League for Besiktas C.Turka this season. Here is his Turkish League player profile.


"Where is he now?" is the easy question. "Where has he been?" is more difficult. Here's what I've found through various news articles (often poorly translated from European basketball news websites)...


Last year, he was with BC Cibona in Croatia, but was apparently injured playing in Italy (scroll down to Cibona, the 2nd team previewed on that page). He then transferred to Ricoh Manresa in Spain and ended up playing for another Spanish team, Fuenlabrada. He was at the top of several statistical categories playing for Kansas City in the ABA in 2001. In 2000, the Baltimore City Paper mentioned him playing for the Baltimore Bayrunners in the now-defunct IBL.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Obinna Ekezie in Italy

In January, Obinna Ekezie (1995-99) signed with Lottomatica Roma in the Italian A League. Here's his Italian League player profile. Ekezie has spent most of his career so far in the NBA, including stops in Vancouver, Washington, Dallas, LA (Clippers), and most recently, Atlanta.

NigeriaSports.com did an excellent feature article on Obinna last week, discussing his career history, his current team in Rome, and the possibility of him playing on Nigeria's national team.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Maryland Players Drafted by the NBA, 1970-1989

Maryland players drafted by the NBA in the 70's and 80's. Part II in our continuing Friday series.


YearPlayerNBA TeamRound(Overall Pick)
1970Will HetzelBaltimore9
1971Barry YatesPhiladelphia8
1973Jim O'BrienPortland3
Bob BodellSeattle10
Howard WhiteWashington11
1974Tom McMillenBuffalo1
Len ElmoreWashington1
1975Tom RoyPortland3
Owen BrownPhoenix9
1976John LucasHouston1(1)
Mo HowardCleveland2
1977Brad DavisLA Lakers1(15)
Steve SheppardChicago2
1978Larry BostonWashington4
1979Larry GibsonMilwaukee3
1981Buck WilliamsNew Jersey1(3)
Albert KingNew Jersey1(10)
Ernest GrahamPhiladelphia3(68)
Greg ManningDenver7(147)
1982Charles PittmanPhoenix3(61)
1984Ben ColemanChicago2(37)
Herman VealPhoenix6(128)
Mark FothergillPhoenix8(174)
1985Adrian BranchChicago2(46)
Jeff AdkinsChicago7(149)
1986Len BiasBoston1(2)
1988Derrick LewisChicago3(62)


I don't have records of the overall pick number for drafts before 1976.

Source: SportsStats.com

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Byron Mouton in ABA

I recently found Byron Mouton (2000-02) on the 2005-06 roster of the ABA's Baltimore Pearls.

Here is an NBA-DL player profile for Byron Mouton, where he appears to have played for the NBA-D League's Florida Flames for the 2004-05 season. Working backwards from that profile, I learned that Mouton previously played for Braunschweig in Germany in 2003-04 (where he would have been a teammate of Mike Mardesich) and the CBA's Idaho Stampede in 2002-03. He was the 3rd pick in the 2002 CBA draft. He was briefly signed to play on French Pro B-League's FC Mulhouse in summer 2005, but it's unclear if he appeared in any games before leaving the team to play back in the U.S.

Byron Mouton transferred to Maryland from Tulane and redshirted the 1999-2000 season. He was a starter on the 2002 NCAA championship team. After going undrafted in the 2002 NBA draft, he played for the Washington Wizards' summer league team and then was invited to the Boston Celtics training camp before reporting to the Idaho Stampede for the 2002-03 regular season.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Chris Wilcox Traded to Seattle

Yesterday, Chris Wilcox (2000-02) was traded to the Seattle Sonics after spending almost 4 years with the LA Clippers. From ESPN.com's article:

The 23-year-old Wilcox has career averages of 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in three-plus seasons with the Clippers after they made him the eighth overall selection in the 2002 draft following his two-year college career at Maryland.

"We were looking for an athletic player that can play above the rim," [Sonics general manager Rick] Sund said. "His athleticism is a big plus for us, and he can run and can finish. He's looking for a place to be where he can get a fresh start as well."

Ryan Randle in NBA-DL

Ryan Randle (2001-03) is now playing in the NBA Developmental League for the Fayetteville Patriots. Here is his NBA-DL player profile. After leaving Maryland, Randle played for Evreux of the French Pro B League in 2003-04. He has played the past two years for Slask Wroclaw in Poland (you read Polish, right?). Randle also got some summer league time with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2004 and 2005.

Ryan Randle transferred to Maryland from Allegany Community College, which I am required by law to note was the same junior college that Steve Francis came from. Various TV and radio announcers used to remind us every game that his nickname was "Sleepy" because his eyes always had that "I just woke up" look. It must have been the only note about him in the press guide, because they mentioned it every game. I never heard any fans actually call him that.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

No Maryland Players in the WNBA

For Valentine's Day, I had planned to do "one for the ladies" and list all the former Maryland women's basketball players playing professionally for WNBA teams. But there were none on the final 2005 season rosters on the WNBA's website. I'll have to check back this summer after the 2006 season begins.

The Maryland Atheletics website has an out-of-date list of past and present Terps in the Pros. Although, of the "present" players they list, none has played in the WNBA since 2004.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Mike Mardesich in France

Mike Mardesich (1997-2001) is playing for Reims Champagne Basket in France's Pro A League. Here is his player profile.

Since leaving Maryland, Mike Mardesich played 2001-02 for Telekom Bonn, had a try-out with the Washington Wizards in summer 2002, then played 2002-03 for SIG Strasbourg (also in France's A League). He played in Germany for BS|ENERGY Braunschweig in 2003-04. If you speak German (or know how to make Google Translation work), this feature article talks about Mardesich's return to Germany. For the 2004-05 season, Mike moved to Eiffel Towers Nijmegen in the Netherlands (here's his player profile from the ULEB Cup).

Friday, February 10, 2006

Lonny Baxter Traded to Charlotte

Yesterday, Lonny Baxter (1998-2002) was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Charlotte Bobcats. Houston gets Keith Bogans in return. Baxter should get good minutes in Charlotte, which lacks depth among big men and needs rebounding help.

Maryland Players Drafted by the NBA, 1950-1969

We're leaving the Gary Williams Era for today to take a look at Maryland players selected in the NBA draft in the 50's and 60's. Consider this Part I in a new Friday series. 1954 was the first year of the NBA draft.

YearPlayerNBA TeamRound
1954Gene ShuePhiladelpha1
1956Bob KesslerFort Worth2
1958John NacincikSyracuse3
Nick DavisPhiladelphia9
1960Al BungePhiladelphia1
Charley McNeilNew York6
Jerry BechtleNew York15
1961Bob NcDonaldSt. Louis6
Charley McNeilPhiladelphia7
1963Jerry GreenspanSyracuse3
1966Jerry WardBoston6
1967Jay McMillanLA Lakers9
Joe HarringtonBoston11


Source: SportsStats.com

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Terrell Stokes & Matt Kovarik: Asst. Coaches at Loyola (MD)

Terrell Stokes (1995-99) and Matt Kovarik (1994-98) are now both in their second season as assistant coaches for the Loyola (MD) Greyhounds. The Greyhounds' head coach is former Maryland assistant coach Jimmy Patsos.

Terrell Stokes's road to get here included a stint as assistant coach at Division 2 Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and a job coaching afterschool basketball in Montgomery County, MD.

Matt Kovarik also worked for Xerox for two years, served as an assistant coach at Maryland for a three seasons (including the 2002 NCAA Championship season), and is now also attending law school at the University of Maryland-Baltimore in addition to his coaching duties.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Drew Nicholas in Italy

Drew Nicholas (1999-03) is playing in the Euroleague this year for Italy's Benetton Treviso. Drew has lead the league in scoring for the past two seasons and is leading the league again this year.

Here is his Euroleague player profile, which says this about his history after leaving Maryland:

Selected in the 2003 USBL Draft by Texas Rim Rockers (#59)... moved to Italy for the 2003-04 season, signed by Fabriano Basket, in the Italian Legadue... signed for the 2004-05 season by Basket Livorno... at the end of the Italian regular season, moved to Spain, signed for the remainder of the season by Taugres Saski Baskonia Vitoria... back to Italy for the 2005-06 season, signed by Benetton Basket Treviso.


My favorite Drew Nicholas memory is when he hit the last second three-pointer to win the game against UNC-Wilmington in the 1st round of the 2003 NCAA tournament.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Jamar Smith in NBA-DL

Jamar Smith (2002-04) is currently playing for the NBA Developmental League Austin Toros. Here is his NBA-DL Player Profile. According to the Austin American Statesman, Smith is keeping himself on the NBA radar and has good prospects for getting on a summer league team or getting an NBA training camp invitation next year.

Jamar Smith came to Maryland as a transfer from Allegany Community College. All TV commentators were contractually required to mention that this was the same junior college that Steve Francis attended.

Monday, February 06, 2006

John Gilchrist in Israel

John Gilchrist (2002-05) is now playing for Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion in Israel's Premier League. According to this recent feature article on Gilchrist in the Haaretz newspaper, he is playing very well, is maturing into an NBA-caliber player, and has turned his team into an upstart title contender.

John Gilchrist lead Maryland to their first ACC title in 2004, then had an up-and-down 2004-05 season before leaving for the NBA draft. After going undrafted, he played in NBA summer league for the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005, but did not make the regular season roster.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Keith Booth: Asst. Coach at Maryland

As just about every Maryland fan already knows, Keith Booth (1993-97) is now in his second season as an assistant coach at Maryland.

After graduation, Keith Booth played for the Chicago Bulls from 1997-1999, winning an NBA Championship in 1998.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Maryland Players in the NBA

Here are the former Maryland basketball players on NBA rosters for the 2005-06 season (the links will take you to their NBA player profiles):



The Maryland Atheletics website has a full list of past and present Terps in the NBA.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Welcome to the Maryland Terps Watch Blog

Hi everyone! Thanks for reading my blog. I've been a Maryland basketball fan since I was a student there in the early 90's. Recently, I've become fascinated with the question, "What ever happened to all those old players?"

Some are high profile guys in the NBA now, but most dropped off the radar. Looking around the net, I managed to find a bunch of them playing in Europe and in other minor leagues in the US like the NBA D-League, the ABA, USBL, and CBA. Rather than just keeping this information for my own knowledge (and to occasionally show off to my friends), I decided to create a blog to share it with other Maryland fans.

I'll start off the first few days with some obvious ones for completeness, and then share what I've found about some of the Terrapins' less-remembered basketball heros. Starting out, I've got several weeks worth of articles written in advance to get you caught up on what I already know. I plan to only post one per day, Monday-Friday. After that, I'll probably post more sparingly as I hear news or find out that players have moved to new teams.

I'm using the pseudonym Michelangelo, in honor of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle of the same name. Turtle Power!