SNYDER: Hold judgment on Mark Turgeon

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There’s a sick sense that supremely talented basketball players are exhibiting character flaws if they want to leave early. As if you can’t be an honor-roll student with high morals and integrity, yet still decide that turning pro after a year or two is a sound business decision.

If it can happen at Duke, where the smart and well-adjusted Kyrie Irving left for the NBA after an injury-shortened freshman season, it should be able to happen at Maryland, too. Especially when you consider the abundance of talent produced in the “DMV” area (D.C.-Maryland-Virginia).

And don’t forget Baltimore’s fertile hotbed, where second-year Terps assistant Bino Robinson has strong ties and “thinks he could recruit God,” according to Turgeon.

With Hill, Robinson and longtime Turgeon lieutenant Steve Spinelli on board, the Terps are poised to land some top-rated players who eventually go high in the draft, which will help lure the next batch and raise some banners at Comcast Center.

Turgeon enjoys the chase as much as the catch. “I like to recruit,” he said. “I still remember what it was like to be an assistant and I’m in it, in it deep. I think that’s my job.”

When he gets that part down, the rest will be easy.

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