Duke has a basketball practice facility opened within the last five years.
So does Virginia Tech.
Ditto Georgia Tech.
N.C. State has one that opened in 2005.
Florida State‘s is less than 10 years old.
Then there’s this modern gem out at Texas A&M, the former home of new Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon.
That set up a logical question —- will Turgeon ask for a practice facility at his new gig?
“I think I will, but we have to win first,” Turgeon said. “I think if we can win and win at a high level, that will come. We have great facilities. We do have a practice gym. Volleyball plays their games in there and practices in there, so it’s not totally ours, but we have a lot of space for it. If we’re winning, I know we’ll have enough money for it. It’s keeping up with the Joneses. There’s a lot of tremendous facilities out there around the country, so it’s something we’ll have to do. I’m not going to ask for that until we recruit well and play at a high level.”
It was a wise reply. Such a request will fall on more receptive ears coming off, say, a regional semifinal appearance.
Still, with nearly half the ACC owning their own separate practice facilities (and Virginia enjoying plush and relatively new digs inside John Paul Jones Arena), it’s only a matter of time before this subject becomes a more common topic in College Park —- regardless of when Turgeon opts to ask for it.
—- Patrick Stevens