When Mark Turgeon hired Kansas State assistant Dalonte Hill, the message was clear: Maryland refuses to lose out on local recruits anymore.
Hill, the highest-paid assistant in the country at K-State, is widely considered the nation's premier recruiter of players from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. He's from the area, he used to coach for AAU powerhouse D.C. Assault, he has close ties to Team Takeover (another D.C.-based AAU power) and he got Michael Beasley, the top player in the class of 2007, to leave the D.C. area to play his solitary college season at a struggling hoops entity in a small town in the middle of Kansas.
Hill's move to Maryland was the biggest sign yet that the capital's long tradition of losing top hoops talent to outside recruiters may be coming to an end. But as the Washington City Paper's Dave McKenna writes, pretty much every school in the D.C. area -- from Georgetown to to Howard to George Washington -- is beefing up its efforts to keep local prep talent in the fold. The result? As one "local high school official" told McKenna: an "AAU bloodbath."
Perhaps the most interesting post-Hill development in the D.C. hoops scene is Georgetown's rumored consideration of former assistant Kevin Broadus, himself known as one of the area's best recruiters. Of course, Broadus is also known as the former coach of Binghamton, where he oversaw a program that devolved from academically inclined to dismissal-riddled, including the loss of six players to academic issues and drug-related crime, among other things. Broadus and Binghamton had a nasty standoff, but when the program was given a relative clean bill of health by NCAA investigators, Broadus received a tidy $1.2 million contract buyout. It was a positive result, even if the coach's reputation will (deservedly) never be the same.
Should Georgetown rehire someone at the center of so much recent controversy? Georgetown fans don't seem to have a problem with it. After all, the "bloodbath" is coming. All hands on deck.