After 1-year suspension, Maryland’s Terrell Stoglin to NBA draft, Mychal Parker transfers


Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that Maryland sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin will not return to Maryland next season and will, instead, enter the NBA draft.

Barker also reports that the driving force behind his declaration for the draft was a one-year suspension handed down by the school for a violation of the university’s student-athlete code of conduct.

In a statement, Maryland announced that guard Mychal Parker was also suspended for one year. Parker is transferring from the school.

“Being a University of Maryland student-athlete carries a tremendous honor and responsibility,” Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a release. “As much as we appreciate the effort these two young men gave to the program this season, they were unable to live up to that responsibility. We’re disappointed, but hope they use this as a learning experience.”

Stoglin led the ACC with 21.6 points per game last season, shooting 41 percent from the floor.

Parker, who in early April announced his intent to transfer, is formerly a Top 100 recruit. He averaged 4.3 points and three rebounds per game this past season for Maryland.

The Terrapins finished the season with a record of 17-15, including 6-10 in the ACC.

The early entry deadline for the 2012 NBA draft was April 29 at 11:59 p.m., which means that Stoglin had to have filed paperwork by yesterday, though news broke this morning.

Maryland’s 2012 recruiting class got a boost in recent weeks when Notre Dame Prep (Mass.) guard Sam Cassell Jr. officially signed with the Terrapins. He will be joined in the backcourt by Seth Allen.

For the Class of 2013, coach Mark Turgeon is working hard to get Texas guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison, twins who are both Top 5 players.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Syracuse receives mixed news on sanctions appeals

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Wednesday the NCAA made its ruling on two appeals of sanctions made by Syracuse University, with the news being mixed for the men’s basketball program.

On the positive side the NCAA ruled that Syracuse will be docked two scholarships per season for the next four years, as opposed to the original ruling of three. As a result Jim Boeheim’s program only has to account for the loss of eight total scholarships, meaning that they’ll have 11 to fill in each of the next four seasons as opposed to ten.

One scholarship may not seem like a big deal, but in a sport where you only get 13 (when not dealing with sanctions) getting that grant-in-aid back really helps from a recruiting standpoint.

As for the negatives, they both concern Boeheim. Not only has there yet to be a ruling on Boeheim’s appeal of his nine-game suspension that goes into effect when ACC play begins in January (that appeal is being heard separately), but the appeal to reinstate the wins that were vacated as part of the sanctions was denied. As a result Boeheim officially has 868 wins instead of 969 (not counting today’s game against Charlotte).

And with Mike Hopkins set to take over as head coach in 2018, the denial means that college basketball will have to wait quite some time before anyone threatens to join Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in the 1,000 wins club.

While not having the wins officially reinstated does hurt, getting a scholarship back for each of the next four seasons is a bigger deal when it comes to the long-term health of the Syracuse program. Also of great importance will be the ruling regarding Boeheim’s suspension, as a suspended coach is not allowed to have any contact with his players or coaching staff while serving the penalty.

And with the original ruling due to take up half of Syracuse’s league slate, not having Boeheim (or the chance to speak with him) is a big deal when it comes to this current team.

St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe cleared by NCAA

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St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe has been cleared by the NCAA to play this season and will be eligible immediately, the school announced on Wednesday.

Yakwe is a 6-foot-8 forward that reclassified and enrolled at St. John’s this fall. He attended the same high school as Kansas forward Cheick Diallo, who was also cleared by the NCAA to play today.

St. John’s played in the Maui Invitational this week, and Yakwe did not take part. His first game with the Johnnies will be on Dec. 2nd against Fordham if the program plans to play his this season.

The question that must be asked, however, is whether or not he will suit up or simply redshirt. The Johnnies are in the midst of a serious rebuild and will be without their other elite recruit this season, Marcus Lovett. Lovett was ruled a partial qualifier. Would it make sense to burn a year of eligibility on what make amount to a wasted season, or will head coach Chris Mullin opt to save that year for down the road?