Terps, Turgeon confirm incoming Albany transfer

Terps, Turgeon confirm incoming Albany transfer
May 22, 2012, 9:35 pm
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Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon officially announced the transfer of guard and University of Albany graduate Logan Aronhalt into the program on Wednesday.Word leaked out on Sunday that under the graduate transfer rule, the 6-foot-3 transfer would join the program. Aronhalt iseligible to play immediately and will have one year of eligibility.Last season Aronhalt averaged 13.8 points and shot 35.5 percent from beyond the arc. He scored 13 points against Maryland on December 28 in the Terps 83-72 win over the Great Danes. During the 2010-11 campaign, the off-guard averaged a career-best 14.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. The Ohio native was a third team All-America East Conference pick in 2011 and two-time team captain for Albany."We are thrilled to add Logan to our basketball family, Turgeon said in a statement released by the program. Logan's values are closely aligned with the expectations we have in our program. I'm impressed with his high level of success in the classroom while being an all-league player in the American East." Aronhalt started 74 consecutive games in his three seasons at Albany, sank 169 3-pointers, shot 35 percent from 3-point range and 83 percent from the free-throw line.I am impressed with Logan's toughness, leadership, and basketball IQ. He's a coach's son and his game reflects that," Turgeon said. "Logan had a great career at Albany scoring almost 1,100 points in three years. His experience and ability will really be helpful on a team that will feature so many underclassmen."Aronhalt is the latest change to the Terps evolving roster.Terrell Stoglin and Mychal Parker left the program last month. Both players were facing a one year suspension for violating the universitys student-athlete code of conduct. Stoglin announced he is forgoing his collegiate eligibility and is entering the NBA draft.Forward Ashton Pankey announced this week he intends on transferring to a program closer to his New York City home.Former Michigan sophomore forward Evan Smotrycz, a spot starter on the Wolverines' NCAA tournament team last season, is another transfer joining the program. He must sit out next season and then will be eligible for the 2013-14 campaign.Aronhalt offers Turgeon a needed experienced option in the backcourt especially with junior Pe'Shon Howard recovering from a torn ACL suffered in February. Rising sophomore Nick Faust, who spent time at both guard spots last season, likely inherits one starting slot. Incoming freshmen Seth Allen and Sam Cassell Jr. offer additional depth. Turgeon's incoming recruiting class is a six-member group with four frontcourt options, including post player Shaquille Cleare and stretch power forward Jake Layman.