Amidst the Duke Blue Devils National Championship run, much had been forgotten about guard Rasheed Sulaimon. Sulaimon, as you may or may not remember, was dismissed from the program early in the 2014-15 season due to a series of sexual assault allegations stemming from the previous year.
As the school year draws to a close, however, the Houston native has been linked with the Maryland Terrapins primarily because of his ties to head coach Mark Turgeon, who heavily recruited Sulaimon while coaching at Texas A&M.
Already lots of love for Maryland in pre-preseason hoops, also hearing College Park could be a possible landing spot for Rasheed Sulaimon
— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) April 28, 2015
Can confirm earlier reports from a source that Maryland is one of the schools recruiting former Duke player Rasheed Sulaimon.
— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) April 28, 2015
Sulaimon’s future, much like his past, remains a mystery and according to NCAA rules Sulaimon would have to sit out the 2015-16 season if he’s unable to graduate from Duke. Nonetheless, Sulaimon appears in line to graduate after this summer’s session which would subsequently make him immediately eligible to transfer to the Terrapins as a graduate student.
The former Blue Devils star was dismissed from the program following alleged sexual assault allegations occurring during the 2013-14 season, however, Sulaimon was never charged raising some questions as to what the exact reasons for his dismissal were.
When announcing the final decision, coach Mike Krzyzewski said he had “been unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program.” Ambiguous, I know, but I’m sure Turgeon and the Terrapins have done their due diligence regarding the situation.
Meanwhile, Maryland returns an absolutely loaded roster that includes proven stars Melo Trimble and Jake Layman to go along with top recruit Diamond Stone.
The only real question about the Terrapins squad revolves around the shooting guard position where Sulaimon could come in and make an instant impact.
Still, Sulaimon’s game had depreciated over recent years as his numbers steadily declined from an outstanding Freshman campaign.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Duke athletics