The Maryland men's basketball program announced Monday afternoon that Rasheed Sulaimon, the onetime Duke Blue Devil, has committed to the Terrapins for his final year of eligibility, next season.
Here's the top of Maryland's release on Rasheed Sulaimon's commitment: pic.twitter.com/2Rl5cwYn9W— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) May 11, 2015
The Diamondback's Aaron Kasinitz, who's been on this story for awhile, has more from Sulaimon and Maryland coach Mark Turgeon.
Via Kasinitz, here's Turgeon. He says Maryland vetted recent sexual assault accusations against Sulaimon in a three-month, "very thorough" investigation:
"It was a very thorough process. starting with our staff, [Athletic Director] Kevin Anderson and his staff and [university President Wallace] Loh and his staff," said Turgeon, who had been gathering information on Sulaimon for more than three months. "It was very thorough, and we all come to the conclusion that he was a great kid and he had a chance to be a part of our team."
Turgeon, on how Sulaimon fits with the team:
"Personality-wise, we feel he fits in great with our team," Turgeon said. "He has the same goals in mind as his teammates. As a player, he fits our team and what we were trying to add. He can play wing, play point, and he's a very good defender. And with his experience, he brings some leadership."
Here's Sulaimon, again via Kasinitz:
"This has been a really emotional time for me and my family," Sulaimon said. "My next decision was 100 percent contingent on my trust, the trust factor between me and my future coach. The relationship that I had with both Coach Turgeon and Coach Clark stems way back to seventh grade when I was 13 ... this is where I felt comfortable."
Excited for he opportunity to be a part of something special and bigger than myself!!!! Hello #TerpsNation!— Rasheed Sulaimon (@sheed_ctmd1) May 11, 2015
Love Being A Terp— All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) May 11, 2015
Welcome the newest terp!!! Rasheed Sulaimon!! #DynastyContinues #HeATerp— Dez Wells (@Dez32Wells) May 11, 2015
Rasheed Sulaimon on his dismissal from Duke. "I didn’t do a good job managing frustrations and emotions. I learned a tough lesson."— Don Markus (@sportsprof56) May 11, 2015
Maryland gave Dez Wells 2nd chance (he was wrongfully accused) it worked out great for both sides. Now Sulaimon gets his 2nd chance w/ Terps— Justin Granit (@WHEC_JGranit) May 11, 2015
How serious was Maryland's investigation of Sulaimon's past? Kevin Van Valkenburg wonders.
Curious to learn what the "due diligence" entailed that made Maryland cool with this Rasheed Sulaimon signing. Interviews? Credit check?— Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) May 11, 2015
With Sulaimon to Maryland official, ESPN absolutely, positively has to put Maryland and Duke together in the ACC-B1G Challenge.— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) May 11, 2015
This post will be updated as more reaction comes in.