If you're like me, you've been wondering what happened to Maryland's leading scoring from last year. Well, he was just signed by a professional team in Greece. After a bit of twitter-stalking and googling, I found an article here:
Ilysiakos is in the "A" Division, Greece's best, so looks like Stogs is getting a good opportunity.
LIke a lot of people, I was perturbed when Stogs departed earlier this year. I was definitely a big fan - he was an entertaining player to watch and had a lot of potential to improve, in my opinion. Still, I think that his departure has proved to be addition by subtraction for this year's squad. While this year's edition of the Terps could undoubtedly have used an outside shooter of Stog's caliber, the upgrade in D and rebounding presented by the addition of Dez Wells (who might not have given Maryland a look if Stogs had stayed) seems to have set the team up for a better overall season. Dez has shown the ability to both pass and score efficiently, and he can guard a wider range of players than Stogs. While Dez had been turnover-prone so far, he seems to be a great fit from a team chemistry standpoint - which might be the biggest benefit from his arrival. He also brings a pit-bull mentality - the sort of fiery intensity that can make the difference in getting the team over the top in a tough game.
Stogs' departure did not occur in isolation...I should mention that the departures of Mychal Parker and Ashton Pankey have cleared the way for the talented fab four freshman class to play immediately, paving the way for team success later this season as well as in the future. And an interesting note: based on Stogs' twitter activity, looks like he's still in frequent contact with Pankey and Dino Gregory.