Midnight Madness returns to Cole Field House
The focus of Maryland's open scrimmage on Saturday should have been on coach Mark Turgeon and his players--or at least that's what they would have preferred--now less than two weeks away from the team's season opener against Connecticut at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
But the question was bound to come up, how Maryland was dealing with the leave of absence of assistant coach Dalonte Hill, who was arrested on DUI charges the Sunday prior.
“We’re managing,” Turgeon said, pausing. “Guys just do extra work. Right now he’s just trying to take care of himself is really what’s going on.”
Hill has been integral to Turgeon's recruiting successes so far in his tenure at Maryland, especially in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area.
Hill's ties to the powerhouse D.C. Assault AAU program helped to bring in freshman point guard Roddy Peters and athletic big man Damonte Dodd. Those ties also helped rope in guard Romelo Trimble from the Class of 2014, a sharpshooting perimeter player who has been steadily rising in national rankings.
The arrest Sunday was Hill's second since being on staff with Maryland and his third such arrest in five years, dating back to his time with Kansas State.
He is scheduled to appear in Howard County District Court Jan. 17 at 9 a.m.