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


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'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. 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.


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'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


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!