Stephen Elmore, the 6-6 son of former Maryland basketball star Len Elmore, will play one season of college basketball for The Citadel, Bulldogs coach Chuck Driesell said today.
The younger Elmore is enrolled as a graduate student at The Citadel after graduating from Princeton, where he played baseball as a left-handed pitcher.
Driesell, a former Maryland player and assistant coach, said Stephen Elmore is eligible to play this season and can help the Bulldogs, 6-24 a year ago.
“I’ve known Stephen and his family for years,” said Driesell. “When I was at Maryland, he would come over and play with our guys. He was a low to mid-major type player getting a lot of interest in basketball coming out of high school. We were thinking about talking him into walking on in basketball.”
But Elmore decided on a baseball career at Princeton, where he battled shoulder injuries and ended up pitching in only five games over three seasons. After graduating with a degree in history, Elmore decided he wanted to play a year of basketball.
“Every summer, he’d play in the pro-am summer basketball league in New York City, which is very competitive and very good,” Driesell said. “It’s been a dream of his to play college basketball.”
Driesell described him as a “power forward who can shoot the 3-pointer, has good vision and is strong, about 225 pounds, and athletic. He just needs reps and to play in a college environment. He’s a great kid, wants to be a leader and wants to help us achieve our goals.”
Len Elmore graduated in 1974 from Maryland, where he was a three-time all-ACC player and an All-American in 1974. In 2002, he was named one of the ACC’s 50 best players of all time. He played in the NBA for eight seasons and works as an attorney and college basketball analyst for ESPN and ABC.
Driesell said there have been some roster changes since last season, with three players deciding to transfer for various reasons. DeVontae Wright, a guard from Goose Creek High School, is headed to South Carolina-Aiken; Jordan Robertson, a forward from Greensboro, N.C., is going to Davidson County Community College; and forward Bo Holston, from Olney, Md., is going to Anderson University.
The Bulldogs also have added another player in Quinton Marshall, a 6-5 guard from Raleigh, giving them four freshmen on the roster for this season.