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Mark Turgeon wants Maryland basketball to be the new ‘Point Guard U’

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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With Melo Trimble off to the NBA and ball handling duties firmly passed to Anthony Cowan, Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon has a vision for the program.

Turgeon appeared on the latest Brave in the Attempt of Maryland podcast, as an interview he did in June with a Special Olympics athlete surfaced. In the interview he expressed a desire to turn Maryland into the premier destination for floor generals.

“I really want to make Maryland ‘Point Guard U,’” Turgeon said. “Starting with Melo, now Anthony Cowan and hopefully the next one that comes along is going to be a great one like those two are.”

Arizona used to lay claim to the moniker, but in recent years it’s become less synonymous with the Wildcats. Turgeon hopes that his playing experience and recent recruiting successes can start to create a pipeline of point guards for the Terps.

Turgeon played point guard for Larry Brown at Kansas and, besides Trimble and Cowan, was also able to reel in Baltimore guard Darryl Morsell to back up the position this season.

“I’d imagine it’s probably hard at times to play for me, being a point guard,” Turgeon said. “God blessed me with being able to see a lot of things on the floor so it can be hard on my guys at times. But I think I’ve always had a good point guard, I’ve always made our point guards better.”

Turgeon will try to get another top point guard prospect for the 2018 cycle, and has his sights set on Devon Dotson to help bolster what’s currently a top-10 recruiting class. The Terps are pushing hard for Dotson, but have already started looking at top options in the 2019 class, too.

In other news

With Big Ten play approaching, women’s soccer has been relying on its veterans to guide them through the nonconference portion of the schedule.

Men’s soccer has an entirely reinvented back line, but only Johannes Bergmann has had to learn a new culture as well.

With the Terps enjoying a bye week, we opened the mailbag and Thomas answered your football questions.

Melo Trimble and Steve Aird stopped by Maryland Athletics’ most recent Hear the Turtle podcast on iTunes.

InsideMDSports looked at the common denominator between Turgeon, Bill Self, Bruno Fernando and Silvio De Souza: Larry Brown.

A rough knee injury and a position change wasn’t enough to stop Andrew Isaacs, from the Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus.

Maryland and Rutgers both joined the Big Ten in 2014, and the Terps have dominated most matchups with the Scarlet Knights since, from The Diamondback.

Diamond Stone is on the move again, this time to the Windy City after signing a partially-guaranteed two year deal with the Bulls, according to G-League insider Chris Reichert. He’s unlikely to make the Bulls’ roster, but there’s a silver lining: if Stone gets cut, he’s eligible for Chicago’s G-League affiliate team.