Maryland Freshmen Share Tattoos, And Hopefully Success

MarylandWEST ORANGE, N.J. — Jared Nickens, Romelo Trimble and Dion Wiley all share the same tattoo.

Now the Maryland freshmen hope to share success at the next level, too.

“We all got ‘MBK’ tatted on our leg, which stands for, ‘My Brother’s Keeper,'” the 6-foot-6 Nickens told SNY.tv at the recent Mary Kline Classic at West Orange High School.

“I got mine a few months go and Dion [Wiley] and Melo just got theirs. Trayvon [Reed] hasn’t gotten his yet but I’m sure he will.” To read more of this story, click here

Charles Mitchell Becomes Fifth Maryland Transfer; Terps Add Pack

Charles Mitchell became the latest Maryland player to announce his transfer, becoming the fifth Terp to leave the program since the season ended.

The 6-foot-8 Mitchell averaged 6.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 70 career games (17 starts) over two seasons at Maryland.

Maryland has already lost Shaq Cleare (Texas), Roddy Peters (South Florida), Seth Allen (Virginia Tech) and Nick Faust (undecided).

“Recently, Charles shared with us that his grandmother had become ill,” Terps coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “I feel terrible for Charles and his family. Although we will miss Charles, we understand and support his decision to move closer to his home so he can help support and be there for his family. I appreciate Charles’ commitment to our program and he will always be a part of our family.” To read more of this story, click here

Oregon State Pledge Nick Faust Reopens Recruitment

Less than a week after committing to Oregon State, transferring Maryland guard Nick Faust is re-opening his recruitment in the wake of Craig Robinson’s firing.

“Basically, I’m opening my recruitment back up,” Faust told SNY.tv by phone Tuesday night.

He added: “I’m open to everyone.”

The 6-foot-6 Baltimore native said he would still consider Oregon State “depending on who the coach is.” To read more of this story, click here

Georgetown-Maryland Could Highlight Gavitt Tip-Off Games; D.C. to Host Big Ten Tourney in 2017

JT3NEW YORK -- A resumption of the Georgetown-Maryland rivalry could highlight the Gavitt Tip-Off Games when they begin in November 2015.

“If you’re just looking at geography, you probably think they’re going to try and put us with Maryland, but we’ll see,” Georgetown coach John Thompson III told SNY.tv on Monday at Madison Square Garden where the event was formally announced. “As the Commissioner [Val Ackerman] says, the matchups will come out in May [2015] and we’ll go from there.”

He added: “I’m fine with it. Whatever happens, happens. No big deal.”

Former Maryland coach Gary Williams said the Gavitt Tip-Off Games could trigger a resumption of the series. The two teams haven’t played since 2008, when Georgetown crushed Maryland, 75-48, in the Old Spice Classic in Florida. To read more of this story, click here

Seth Allen Latest to Leave Maryland

Maryland sophomore Seth Allen is transferring, becoming the fourth Maryland player to do so this offseason.

“I had a great two years there,” the 6-foot-1 Allen told ESPN.com. “And I’m thankful for the opportunity, but I also feel as though it’s time for me to move on.”

Allen told ESPN.com he has yet to receive his release.

“I’ve grown close to Seth and his family over the past few years, so I am disappointed he has decided to leave Maryland,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “I wish Seth the best.” To read more of this story, click here

Maryland Lands 7-Footer Cekovsky

Maryland has landed a commitment from 2014 Slovakian 7-footer Michal Cekovsky, a source with direct knowledge confirmed to SNY.tv.

Cekovsky plays for Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain and head coach Rob Orellana previously told SNY.tv he had offers from Florida, Arizona, Louisville, UConn, Oregon, Florida State and Maryland.

“Michal’s upside is off the charts,” Orellana said. “His skillset at 7-feet makes him a unique player. Add to that the fact he is a tireless worker. No question he will be a major impact player at a high-major program.” To read more of this story, click here

Trayvon Reed Commits To Maryland

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By JACK LeGWIN
Special to ZAGSBLOG

Maryland has added a big piece to their 2014 recruiting class.

Trayvon Reed, a 7-foot-1, 219 pound center out of Shiloh Snellville (Ga.) High School joined Romelo Trimble, Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens when he committed to the University of Maryland on Thursday afternoon. He cited the success of a former Maryland big man Alex Len as a reason that he chose the Terps.

“I felt like the situation that’s going on with me , Maryland is the best choice,” Reed told SNY.tv. “Alex Len sort of boosted my confidence with that choice. He came in at 218 (pounds), and left at 252. I’m 219 now and I feel like its the same situation.” To read more of this story, click here

Alex Len Says He Should Be No. 1 Pick Over Noel

NEW YORK — Alex Len isn’t sure if the NBA Draft will be broadcast in his native Ukraine, but he hopes his countrymen get to see him shake David Stern’s hand Thursday night.

And he believes he should be the first player to do so as the No. 1 overall pick — ahead of Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel.

“Definitely, I think I played against him my first game I think. I did well against him,” the 7-foot-1 Len said Wednesday at the Westin Hotel in midtown Manhattan, referring to a Nov. 9 game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in which Len went for 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks and Noel had four points, nine boards and three blocks in Kentucky’s 72-69 victory over Maryland. To read more of this story, click here

Jared Nickens to Maryland

Jared Nickens didn’t need to take all of his official visits after all.

The 6-foot-6 2014 wing from Westtown (Pa.) High verbally committed to Maryland Saturday night on his official visit.

“I loved everything about it,” Nickens told SNY.tv. “When I first stepped on campus I felt this positive vibe, I love the campus, I like the [Washington] D.C. and College Park area around the campus. The atmosphere was great, the fan base is great.

“I really like the Coach [Mark] Turgeon and his honesty with his players, he’s a players’ coach, and is great with individual development, he looks out for his players. He knows what he’s talking about.

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Dion Wiley to Maryland

Dion Wiley, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Potomac (MD) Oxon Hill, committed to Maryland Friday.

“Comfortability and loyalty from the staff,” Wiley told SNY.tv were the reasons for his choice. “I will try to make as much of an impact as I can.”

Wiley is the No. 49 prospect in the Class of 2014, according to Rivals. He also considered Florida, Indiana and Miami.

“Great upside and has a chance to be a special player,” Team Takeover director Keith Stevens told SNY.tv. “He’s one of the best shooters I’ve ever coached in my 18 years.”

Wiley joins 2014 point guard Romelo Trimble of Arlington (VA) Bishop O’Connell in Mark Turgeon’s 2014 class, giving the Terps the foundation of a strong backcourt as they move into the Big Ten in 2014.

“I feel as though we can win a championship,” Wiley said.

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