Former UK recruit Euton transferring to Asbury

May 10, 2011 

NCAA Akron Basketball

Akron's Steve McNees, right, held a ball over Trevor Weigand, son of assistant coach Terry Weigand, as forward Dakotah Euton looked on during practice for an NCAA Tournament game.


Former Scott County standout Dakotah Euton, who once committed to Kentucky when Billy Gillispie was coach, has transferred from Akron University to Asbury University.

Euton had announced the move on his Twitter account on Monday, and Asbury assistant coach Jack Defreitas later confirmed it.

Euton, a 6-foot-8 forward, played in 14 of Akron's 36 games as a freshman this past season. He averaged 1.1 points, 0.9 rebounds and 4.8 minutes.

At Scott County, Euton became one of four players in Kentucky boys' high school basketball history to record 3,000 points and 1,500 rebounds (3,049 points and 1,547 rebounds).

One of Euton's high school teammates, Austin Flannery, played as a freshman for Asbury this past season. That facilitated the transfer to Asbury, Defreitas said.

"I really think he's going to be huge for us," Defreitas said. "We've lacked size the last couple years."

Asbury looks for Euton to provide scoring, defense and rebounding. "He gives you everything," Defreitas said.

Maryland hires Turgeon

Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon agreed to take over at Maryland, calling it a "great opportunity." Turgeon went 97-40 in four seasons with the Aggies, leading them to four consecutive appearances in the NCAA Tournament. They went 24-9 this past season, losing to Florida State in the second round.

The Terrapins had been looking for a coach since Gary Williams retired last week after recording a school-record 461 wins over 22 seasons. They went 19-14 last season and didn't make the post-season.

Turgeon spent seven years at Wichita State before joining Texas A&M, compiling a 128-90 record with the Shockers.

Around the nation

Minnesota: Ralph Sampson III removed his name from the NBA Draft and will return for his senior season at Minnesota. Coach Tubby Smith said the 7-foot forward entered his name in the draft to "test the waters." He attended a pre-draft workout with other prospects before making the decision.

Sampson averaged 10.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks for the Golden Gophers last season.

Arizona: Coach Sean Miller spent about 40 hours over the weekend mulling over another coaching opportunity.

Miller said he owed it to himself to at least listen to an offer to coach Maryland. The coach who led the Wildcats to an impressive turnaround ultimately decided to stay in the desert, agreeing to a contract extension over the weekend.

Texas: Freshmen Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph are staying in the NBA Draft and won't be back for the Longhorns.

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