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Terps' Mark Turgeon On Diamond Stone Report: 'No Involvement With Us And Our Staff'

February 24, 2018
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland head men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon, after releasing a statement Feb. 23 denying involvement in or knowledge of an alleged loan given by ASM Sports to Diamond Stone while the former Terps center was a freshman during the 2015-16 season, reiterated his stance after his team lost to Michigan, 85-61, at Xfinity Center Feb. 24.

Turgeon didn’t refer to Stone by name during his post-game news conference.

“Obviously, I was disappointed that a former player was acknowledged in this report,” Turgeon said. “I’ve always prided myself in doing things the right way. I’ve done that my whole career. I have absolutely zero relationship with that agent or that agency, wouldn’t know him if he walked in the room today. We’ll cooperate any way we can with the investigation.”

Pressed further, Turgeon said that “there’s no involvement with us and our staff. None, zero.”

A Yahoo! Sports report Feb. 23 detailed players who are alleged to have been given loans by ASM Sports, which was run by former NBA agent Andy Miller and Christian Dawkins, described by Yahoo! as Miller’s “former associate.” ASM’s records are part of a federal probe into the black market of college basketball.

Stone was alleged to have received a $14,303 loan by ASM as a freshman. He eventually signed with Tandem Sports + Entertainment after leaving school.

Turgeon said he’s only spoken with University of Maryland president Wallace Loh, interim athletic director Damon Evans and university compliance about the matter.

“We haven’t heard from anybody else,” Turgeon said.

Both Turgeon and Maryland sophomore guard Anthony Cowan said the report wasn’t a distraction heading into the Terps’ regular-season finale against Michigan Feb. 24, though Turgeon allowed that he’s “pissed about it.” Turgeon spoke with the team about the report before practice Feb. 23, according to Cowan.

“He addressed it yesterday. He told us it had nothing to do with us,” Cowan said. “When he said that, I think everybody really kind of shut it out and really just tried to focus on Michigan.”

The Terps lost, 85-61, Feb. 24 as the Wolverines ended the first half on a 43-12 run. Michigan coach John Beilein was asked about the report after the game.

“Here’s the key, and we really pride ourselves on this, like many other schools: educate your players, educate the parents the best that you can,” Beilein said. “But when somebody’s offering them something, whether it’s big or whether it’s small, they’ve got to say no to a Coca-Cola if an agent’s talking to them. They’ve also got to obviously say no to money. And a lot of people come from situations where they may not have that opportunity again. So you’ve got to educate them so that they know it’s not worth it. It’s not worth it.”

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