(Baltimore Sun photo by Jeff…)
If you were pitching Maryland basketball to recruits, what (and who?) would you emphasize most?
That was the challenge facing coach Mark Turgeon, who is giving his office a makeover that he hopes will appeal to recruits and other visitors. He wants displays that will imprint on the important guests.
The basketball suite has plenty of wall space -– a veritable canvas for the coach.
Here’s what Turgeon chose to highlight: Maryland’s basketball tradition and accomplishments, the school’s membership in the “premier college basketball conference in the nation,” the Comcast Center and proximity to Washington and Baltimore, the ties to Under Armour and the coach’s own lineage.
Here are some specifics on what he has in the office space so far:
** The lobby wall now says “Maryland basketball: Tradition of Greatness.” There are renderings on the wall of Tom McMillen, Greivis Vasquez, Len Elmore, Juan Dixon, Len Bias, Joe Smith and John Lucas. Dixon’s is the largest image.
I should add that this is just a portrait and not an official designation of Maryland greats. You can find photos or banners of many other honored Maryland players -- Walt Williams, Albert King and more -- in and around Comcast Center.
** Another wall lists the program’s achievements in block lettering – the national championship, two final fours, five elite eights etc.
** A back wall not only displays the Comcast Center, but includes depictions of the Baltimore skyline and Washington monuments.
** Another wall touts the ACC and lists all of its members.
** A wall in Turgeon’s office says “Mark Turgeon’s Basketball Heritage” and highlights his lineage – including a photo of mentor Larry Brown.
** There will be an Under Armour wall displaying creations from the apparel company. Maryland basketball will have new Under Armour uniforms this season.