"He put Maryland back on the map," said Mark Turgeon, in his fourth year as Maryland's coach. "We'd been off the map for five years. Dez put us back on the map with his leadership, his competitive spirit."
"Obviously, Melo is pretty important to us," Turgeon said of the first-team all-Big Ten player who averaged a team-high 16.3 points a game. "Lucky for us, he's been healthy all year. That's pretty amazing. We have one point guard in our program, and a really good one in Melo. And it's the first time all year really that he couldn't play."