InsideMDSports.com Breaking News:
Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin has declared for the NBA Draft and will not return to Maryland next season, InsideMDSports.com has learned
Stoglin, who led the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring this past season, officially filed with the NBA on Sunday, the final day for college players to declare themselves eligible for the Draft.
UPDATE: Maryland released a statement Friday morning, announcing that Stoglin had declared for the draft after being suspended for a year -- along with small forward Mychal Parker, who's already announced he'll transfer -- for violations of the school's conduct code.
Despite Stoglin's exceptional talent, the guard clashed repeatedly with head coach Mark Turgeon over his shoot-first playing style and apparent offcourt behavior. Speculation stirred he'd be asked to leave following the season, but five weeks ago Stoglin announced he'd return to Maryland for his junior year.
Some time within the past few days, though, he met with Turgeon and it was decided he'd exit the program.
An under-recruited prospect at Santa Rita High in Tucson, Ariz., Stoglin finished his prep career second in Arizona history in scoring, behind Mike Bibby. Then-Maryland assistant Rob Ehsan spotted him at a tournament locally at Good Counsel High, and he signed with Maryland months later.
Stoglin's talent showed immediately, as he averaged 11.4 points in just 21.5 minutes per game as a freshman, finishing the year as Maryland's second-leading scorer behind sophomore center Jordan Williams. When Williams opted for the NBA, Stoglin became the Terps' go-to scorer, averaging a conference-high 21.6 points per game.
He was benched by Turgeon on multiple occasions and told Inside Maryland Sports in March that he'd considered leaving but had found a common ground with Turgeon.
"Everybody talks about our relationship, but I think we have a good relationship. Who doesn't [have disagreements]? It's an open and honest relationship," Stoglin said. "There's been a couple of bumps, but it's pretty good. Of course, he feels like we should do it his way and I feel like we should do it my way."
With Stoglin gone, sophomore-to-be Nick Faust is expected to become the Terps' top player. The 6-foot-6 wing guard came on strong late last season, averaging 13.4 points and nearly five rebounds per game in the final nine games against ACC opponents.
With a six-man recruiting class coming in, including guards Seth Allen and Sam Cassell Jr., Maryland seems unlikely to add another player for next season. But the Terps do have another open scholarship to use for the Class of 2013, in which they're chasing blue-chip guards Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Rysheed Jordan, among others.
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