After reaching the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in 13 years with the help of a pair of important transfers, Mark Turgeon and the Terps are going down that road once more.
Maryland announced Monday the addition of Duquesne graduate transfer L.G. Gill, who will be immediately eligible to play for Turgeon in the upcoming 2016-17 season.
“We’re excited to welcome L.G. to the Maryland basketball family,” Turgeon said in the announcement. “He is a tremendous addition to our program who will be able to make immediate contributions. L.G. was a very productive player at Duquesne and improved each season. He is a good shooter and rebounder and is extremely athletic. As one of two seniors on our roster, he will bring high character, strong leadership and experience to our team and will also be a perfect fit for our locker room. We really enjoyed getting to know L.G. and his great family during this process and look forward to having him join us on campus.”
The 6-foot-7 Virginia native brings plenty of experience from 94 games over his three seasons in the Atlantic 10. Last season, Gill started all 34 games and averaged 10.1 points and 6.5 rebounds in 30 minutes a game. He also posted the best shooting numbers of his career, shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from 3-point range.
“I chose Maryland because I believe it's the best fit for me from a basketball standpoint and for my future success after I'm done playing basketball,” Gill said in the announcement. “I have established a great relationship with coach Turgeon and the staff throughout this recruiting process. Coach Turgeon has talked with me multiple times about how he is going to utilize me in this program and his beliefs in my capabilities.
“There was an instant connection between me and my future teammates. I could just tell that they were close like brothers and that is something that I would love to be a part of.”
Turgeon got great production out of transfers Rasheed Sulaimon and Robert Carter last season as the Terps marched to the Sweet Sixteen. Neither will return to Maryland, with Sulaimon exhausting his eligibility and Carter pursuing a pro career. The Terps lost two more starters this offseason with Jake Layman wrapping his eligibility and Diamond Stone off to the NBA. Melo Trimble is the only remaining question mark. The point guard has two years of eligibility remaining though is currently testing the NBA Draft process. He could still return to College Park for his junior season.
Tough news out of Evanston this morning: Northwestern announced that running back Jeremy Larkin will retire immediately after being diagnosed with cervical stenosis.
Cervical stenois is the narrowing of the spinal canal in one's neck, according to Mayo Clinic. Larkin's condition is thankfully not life-threatening, though it does prevent him from continuing to participate in the game of football.
"Football has been a lifelong passion and it has been a process to reconcile the fact I won't be on that field again, given I've played this game since I was five years old," Larkin said.
"I'm extremely appreciative of the Northwestern sports medicine and athletic training staffs for uncovering this condition, and for my coaches and the medical staff for always putting my health first.
"I came to this University to engage at the absolute highest level on the field and in the classroom, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue one of those while supporting my teammates from the sideline."
Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald called the news "heartbreaking."
"This is heartbreaking because I see every day how much Jeremy loves the game, loves his teammates, and loves to compete," Fitzgerald said in a statement. "But this is the absolute best possible outcome for him.
"The discovery of this condition allowed Jeremy and his family to make an informed decision for his long-term health and well-being. For those of us who have known Jeremy Larkin since his high school days, his future is exceptionally bright. I can't wait to see the impact he makes in our world."
Larkin is a sophomore from Cincinnati. He finishes his Northwestern career with 156 carries for 849 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns.
Former University of Illinois tennis star Kevin Anderson completed a marathon upset against an all-time great on the highest stage of professional tennis.
Anderson came back from two sets down to beat Roger Federer in Wimbledon’s quarterfinals 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 13-11 on Wednesday morning. He will play in the semifinals of the tournament for the first time in his career.
As a native of South Africa, Anderson played three seasons with the Fighting Illini and won the NCAA doubles championship during the 2005-06 season as a sophomore. The 32-year-old was a three-time All-American in singles at Illinois.
Now, as the eighth ranked singles player on the ATP World Tour, Anderson is a force to be reckoned with at the professional level. He made it all the way to the US Open final in 2017.
The former Illini star will look to keep his recent success going when he represents Illinois in the semifinals of Wimbledon this Friday.