UNC-Charlotte assistant may join Maryland staff

Moxley, 36, has helped 49ers with 3-point shooting

College Basketball

April 14, 2005|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

North Carolina-Charlotte top assistant basketball coach Rob Moxley said yesterday that he is "close" to working out an agreement with Gary Williams to become an assistant at Maryland next season.

Moxley, 36, said, "It's not official yet. It's not finished yet. We're close. Hopefully it will happen shortly."

Moxley has been an assistant to Bobby Lutz for the 49ers the past seven years, and he is given much of the credit for developing the best three-point shooting team in Conference USA the first six seasons he was at the school. In 2001, the 49ers were second in the nation in three-point shooting with a .360 percentage.

Three-point shooting was one of the weakest parts of Maryland's game this past season.

Moxley called Comcast Center "a great place" for college basketball.

Moxley would replace Dave Dickerson, who has been named head coach at Tulane.

In other Maryland basketball news yesterday, Williams announced the signing of 6-foot-7, 245-pound power forward David Neal of Virginia's Bishop O'Connell High to a letter of intent to play for the Terps next fall.

Neal averaged 20.2 points and 13.3 rebounds as a senior, and was selected the Most Valuable Player of the Alhambra Tournament in Cumberland this season.

A member of the varsity since his freshman year, he was a part of 116 career victories and hit seven game-winning shots. He also is an excellent student, with a 3.45 grade point average.

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