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#KU50: 48 Mark Turgeon

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Mark Turgeon these days is known as the head coach at Maryland, and a fan favorite to be Bill Self’s replacement when that dark day comes (I think it would be a bad move, but I suppose that is for another time). He’s such a fan favorite, however, due to a fine playing career in Lawrence.

Turgeon played for the Jayhawks from 1983-1987, was on the all conference Freshman team in 1984, and was the first Jayhawk to play in four straight NCAA tournaments. He also played on the Big 8 regular season and tournament champion 1986 Jayhawk team that advanced to the Final Four.

For his career Turgeon averaged just 3.4 points and 3.3 assists per game, though he averaged roughly 5 assists per game as a freshman and he shot 51 percent on twos as a senior, which is pretty good for a 5-10 guard, especially in that era. Turgeon was of course more known for his coach on the floor like demeanor, even though then KU coach Larry Brown would ask him what to do in practice, and then when Turgeon answered, Brown would “sigh, and do something different.”

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