Where Are They Now? 2001-2002 Maryland Men’s Basketball National Champs

The 2001-02 Maryland basketball team went down as the best team in school history when it lifted the 2002 NCAA Championship. The 64-52 win over Indiana capped off an incredible season for the Terrapins and remains the only men’s basketball championship in Maryland history.

The national title was extra sweet because, in the 2001 Final Four, the Terrapins had a 22-point lead on Duke before losing the game. Determined to get back to the NCAA’s biggest stage, many of the same key players performed at an all-time level through the 2001-02 season and finished with a 32-4 record.

That group of Terrapins will always be special to the school, but once the 2001-02 season ended, all of them went their separate ways. Now 20 years later we look at where the members of that championship team are now.

Head Coach Gary Williams

Although Williams never led Maryland back to the Final Four after the 2001-02 championship, he kept going strong until he retired from coaching in 2012. Following the national title, he led Maryland to one more ACC regular season championship in 2010 and was named the league’s Coach of the Year. Williams, 77, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014. He currently works as an analyst for the Big Ten Network.

The Starting Five

No. 35 F/C Lonny Baxter

Baxter spent 11 years playing professional basketball in the NBA, Europe, and South America before retiring in 2013. In the NBA he played for Chicago, Toronto, Washington D.C., New Orleans, Houston, and Charlotte. Right now he is working as a car sales associate in Maryland. 

No. 25 G Steve Blake

Blake was drafted by the Washington Wizards in 2003 where he spent two seasons. He played professionally until 2016 with seven different NBA teams including three stints with the Portland Trail Blazers. After wrapping up his playing career he joined the Trail Blazers coaching staff. In 2019, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns but was only in that position for a year. 

No. 3 G Juan Dixon

Dixon spent 2002-11 playing professionally mostly in the NBA but also in Greece and Spain. He started his coaching career in 2013, returning to Maryland as a special assistant to Mark Turgeon. In 2017, Dixon was hired as the head coach of Coppin State and is still currently in that position.

No. 1 G/F Byron Mouton

After leaving Maryland, Mouton went on to play professionally for the Idaho Stampede in the Continental Basketball Association. He also played in France, Dominican Republic, Germany, and China. In 2009, he founded 6th Man Sports which is based in Montgomery County, Md., and works in youth sports. Mouton is also the head coach at Lanham Christian School in Maryland. 

No. 54 F/C Chris Wilcox

Wilcox was drafted eighth overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2002 NBA Draft. He played professionally until 2013, spending time with five different NBA teams. He retired from the sport due to heart problems. He founded Helping EveryDay Youth, a program designed to provide community and educational services for at-risk youth. The former Terrapin also founded Wilcox Distribution, with the mission of giving health care to people in need. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they distributed items like hand sanitizer and masks.

The Bench Players

No. 4 G Earl Badu

Badu was a walk-on on the national championship team and was a fan favorite. He tragically passed away in 2012. 

No. 10 G Andre Collins

Collins played professionally overseas before retiring in 2016. The former Terrapin works to give back to the youth by hosting training camps. He also opened “The Lab” — a facility that offers basketball training services in Parsonsburg, Md.

No. 21 F Mike Grinnon

Grinnon had a decorated college career winning both an ACC Championship and an NCAA Championship during his time representing the Terrapins. He’s currently a managing partner for New York Life. 

No. 45 F Tahj Holden

Holden played professionally in Turkey after finishing his college career. After wrapping up his playing career he turned to coaching. His coaching career included a stint as the Director of Basketball Operations at Monmouth. He’s currently the head coach of the varsity boys basketball team at the Ranney School in New Jersey.

No. 5 G Calvin McCall

McCall is currently working as a realtor in Florida. 

No. 12 G Drew Nicholas

Nicholas had a long professional career playing nine years in Europe. After finishing his playing career he spent time as an analyst before becoming an NBA scout. He is currently a college and professional scout for the Boston Celtics. 

No. 33 F/C Ryan Randle 

After leaving Maryland, Randle played professionally overseas for a few years. Once retiring he returned home to Texas. He is currently a life skills paraprofessional at a middle school in his home state. 

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About the Author

Kayleigh Toney

Kayleigh Toney is a Virginia-based freelance sports writer at Maryland Sharp. She’s an avid NWSL and USWNT fan and a lifelong Virginia Tech Hokie.