Heralded Maryland assistant Dalonte Hill is taking time away from the program following multiple reports of a DUI over the weekend. The charge is Hill's third alcohol-driving incident on record. In January 2012, Hill was arrested for suspicion of DUI and subsequently suspended by Maryland. And in 2008, while at Kansas State, Hill missed one game following a similar charge.
Maryland announced the immediate hiatus on Tuesday afternoon. This is Hill's third season with the program, which runs in conjunction with head coach Mark Turgeon's tenure.
“I appreciate the support and encouragement I've received from Coach Turgeon and the athletic department,” Hill said in a school statement. “But at this time it is in my best interest to take a leave of absence from the Maryland basketball program and focus my attention on some personal matters that need to be dealt with immediately.”
Hill made headlines when he was hired due to his price tag: reportedly $300,000, an extremely high figure for a college basketball assistant. Yet it was even lower than he was reportedly making during his time at K-State as an assistant for Frank Martin. While at Maryland, Hill has helped the program land four-star 2013 point guard Roddy Peters in addition to 2014 four-star guard Melo Trimble.
“We will support him through this process,” Turgeon said in a statement. “We want him to focus on his personal life. Basketball is secondary at this point. His primary focus needs to be on his health and well-being.”
Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson also expressed his support of Hill's leave of absence. Maryland begins its season Nov. 8 against Connecticut at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.