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May 17, 2011

Dalonte Hill leaving K-State for Mark Turgeon's Maryland staff

MANHATTAN—Kansas State associate head coach Dalonte Hill is on his way to Maryland to become an assistant on Mark Turgeon's new Maryland staff, according to two sources close to Hill.

MANHATTAN—Kansas State associate head coach Dalonte Hill is on his way to Maryland to become an assistant on Mark Turgeon's new Maryland staff, according to two sources close to Hill.

The Washington Post and InsideMDSports first reported the story on their websites this morning. Neither Maryland nor Kansas State has confirmed the move.

Both sources, who requested anonymity because neither school has announced Hill's decision, indicated it was difficult for Hill to leave K-State, where he has worked since 2006, but ultimately the draw to be close to home was too strong.

Hill is a Washington native who has deep recruiting ties in that area. He coached the D.C. Assault AAU team and then brought Assault players Michael Beasley, Rodney McGruder and Wally Judge to K-State. Judge left the Wildcats at midseason and decided this week to transfer to Rutgers, choosing the Scarlet Knights over Maryland.

Turgeon, who took the Maryland job last week after seven years at Wichita State and four at Texas A&M, spoke with Hill late last week.

Hill received a contract extension at K-State through 2015 last year and a raise to $423,750 per year with the potential to make as much as $80,000 a year in bonuses. He is believed to be the nation's highest-paid assistant.

That may no longer be the case at Maryland. Though they were unaware of exact numbers, both sources said Hill's new deal with the Terrapins will be worth less than his current contract.

Last year it was reported that Maryland's assistants under Gary Williams made a total of $231,000.

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