Friday, August 31, 2012

Laron Profit is an Assistant Coach for the Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic's new head coach, Denton Vaughn, announced his staff of assistant coaches yesterday, and among them is Laron Profit (1995-99), who will serve as a player development coach for the team. The Magic's press release:
The staff around new Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn started taking shape on Thursday when three assistants, two player development coaches and a special consultant were officially named by the team.

James Borrego, Wes Unseld Jr. and Brett Gunning were hired as assistant coaches under Vaughn, who was named head coach by the Magic on July 28. Luke Stuckey and former Magic draft pick Laron Profit have been named assistant coaches/player development coaches, while veteran NBA assistant coach Gordon Chiesa was tabbed as a special consultant to the head coach. [...]

Profit, a second-round pick by the Magic in 1999, played in 135 regular-season games for the Wizards and Lakers while averaging 3.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He was traded to Washington prior to the 1999-2000 season and never played for the Magic.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Eric Hayes Returns to Maryland Basketball as a Graduate Assistant

Eric Hayes (2006-10) is returning to work at the University of Maryland as a graduate assistant coach on Mark Turgeon's staff this season.

From InsideNOVA:
Hayes said he met with Maryland head men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon earlier this summer to discuss the possibility of joining the staff. Turgeon was in favor of bringing Hayes on board. Hayes is the only former Terrapin on Turgeon’s staff. [...]

After graduating from Maryland, Hayes went overseas and played for two different teams.

With no offers to join an overseas team this past season, Hayes signed with the Canton Charge (Ohio) of the NBA Development League. Hayes played sparingly in six games with Canton before being waived in March.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Juan Dixon to be Inducted into Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame

Juan Dixon (1998-2002) will be inducted into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame at a ceremony in October. Here's the Maryland Press Release:
Men's basketball player Juan Dixon, former coaches Tom Bradley (baseball) and Cindy Timchal (women's lacrosse), football player Paul Vellano, field hockey player Carla Tagliente and women's lacrosse players Jen Adams and Sarah Forbes will be inducted on Friday, Oct. 5 at a ceremony at Riggs Alumni Center. Longtime `M' Club fundraiser Leonard Rodman will be inducted for meritorious service. [...]

Juan Dixon (Men's Basketball, Class of '02)
Maryland's all-time leading scorer with 2,269 points... Led the Terrapins to their 2002 NCAA national championship in his senior season... Consensus first team All-American in 2002... Also winner of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award... Named Most Outstanding Player in the 2002 NCAA Tournament... ACC men's basketball player of the year and ACC male athlete of the year in 2002... Third team All-American in 2001... Three-time first team All-ACC player... One of only eight Terps selected to the ACC's 50th Anniversary Team... School-record holder in career 3-pointers... Picked 17th overall by the Washington Wizards in the 2002 NBA Draft... Played in parts of nine seasons in the NBA for Washington, Portland, Toronto and Detroit... Also playedprofessionally overseas in Greece, Spain and Turkey.

Thursday, August 09, 2012

One More Terp Played in the NBA Summer League: Jordan Williams

Two weeks ago, I had said that there were two Terps playing in the NBA Summer League in July (Ibekwe and Stoglin). Someone in the comments pointed out that Jordan Williams (2009-11) was a late addition to the NBA Summer League, joining the Atlanta Hawks roster after his trade from the Nets became official at the start of the free agent signing season.

Here is the SB Nation roster summary for the Hawks:
Jordan Williams - F/C - 6-foot-9, 247

Acquired from the Brooklyn Nets as part of the Joe Johnson trade and is expected to be added to the summer league roster at some point. Was drafted in the second round of the 2011 draft by the Nets after a two-year stay at Maryland. Williams averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds in his final year with the Terps. The Nets assigned him for a six-game stint in the D-League at Springfield where he averaged 10.8 points and 7.8 boards in 2012. He also appeared in 43 games for the Nets averaging 14.8 minutes a night. Will be one of the most experienced players on the Hawks roster.

(That's one of the most experienced players on the Hawks' summer league roster.)

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Update on Terps in the London Olympics

As of this afternoon, both of our Terps playing in the Olympics basketball tournament are done.

Sarunas Jasikevicius and Lithuania fell to Russia in the quarterfinals. Lithuania went 2-3 in group play to advance as the #4 seed out of Group A. In the tournament, Jasikevicius averaged 6.8 points and 5.3 assists per game. (Complete Stats)

Ekene Ibekwe was lightly used by Nigeria, which bowed out after the round robin and did not advance to the second stage. Nigeria went 1-5 in group play, finishing #5 in Group A. Ebekwe averaged only 1 point and 0.7 rebounds in a total of 13 minutes over 3 games. (Complete Stats)

Two former Terps played for the USA women's field hockey team, Katie O'Donnell and Keli Smith-Puzo. The US team finished in last place in their group and did not advance to the tournament stage. The lone win was a surprise upset of group winner Argentina. They still have one game left to play versus Belgium on Friday to determine whether they will finish in 11th or 12th place in the tournament.

One other Terp played for the Colombia women's soccer team, Nataly Arias. Colombia finished in last place in their opening group round, and did not advance to the second stage.

One final Terp connection: Maryland Track and Field coach Andrew Valmon is serving as the head coach of the USA Track & Field contingent. Here's a nice Baltimore Sun story about him. Valmon was himself a two-time Olympic gold medal winner in the 4x400 relay in 1988 and 1992.

The Maryland Athletics Department is running a Terps in London blog during the Olympics with occasional stories about all the Terps competing in the Olympics.