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3-of-5 Preview: Questions (and answers) for Robert Carter

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3-of-5 Preview: Questions (and answers) for Robert Carter

In the days leading up to Saturday’s Midnight Madness festivities, CSN will take a look at each projected member of Maryland’s starting five with an individual preview for each player. We will pose three questions of the five starters, with CSN’s answer for each listed just below it.

Here is the 3-of-5 Preview.

Name: Robert Carter

Position: Power forward

Class: Junior

2013-14 Stats (before sitting out transfer season): 11.4 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 1.1 BPG

Question 1: How will he be different from the player last seen at Georgia Tech?

The biggest thing you’ll notice about Georgia Tech’s Robert Carter and Maryland’s Robert Carter will be his body. Mark Turgeon says he dropped a tremendous amount of weight, cutting his body fat percentage in half.

That’s the scary part. He nearly averaged a double-double in the ACC when he was far from being in optimal shape. His body is completely different and he has a transfer year of seasoning, working to stretch his game out toward the perimeter and become a true stretch four.

Plus you’ll get the same rebounding rate and some rim protection.

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Question 2: How does he change the offense?

Last season, point guard Melo Trimble was one of the best players in the country when it came to initiating and executing the pick and roll. He did it without really having many reliable options as a dance partner on the roll.

Jake Layman could do it. Evan Smotrycz had his moments. But Damonte Dodd and Jon Graham held value more on the defensive end and the glass. Now you insert Carter and the game completely changes.

Trimble was a threat to shoot the three if the defense went under the screen. He could drive to the basket and get fouled or score if you went over the top. Now he has a pick-and-pop option with Carter that defenses have to legitimately defend. That’s tough.

Question 3: Is he a first-round pick after this season?

What is the most coveted positional prototype in the NBA right now, outside of perhaps a tall lead guard? The stretch four.

With teams wanting to play more small ball, a big who can roam on the perimeter while still rebounding the basketball and defending multiple positions is a luxury that every team would like to have.

Robert Carter is that type of player. You won’t see him on many draft boards or preseason projections at the moment because he slipped under the radar after sitting out a transfer season. But by the end of the year, watch out. The first round is in sight if he plays up to his potential.

In the days leading up to Saturday’s Midnight Madness festivities, CSN will take a look at each projected member of Maryland’s starting five with an individual preview for each player. We will pose three questions of the five starters, with CSN’s answer for each listed just below it.

Here is the 3-of-5 Preview.

Name: Jake Layman

Position: Small forward

Class: Senior

2014-15 Stats: 12.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.4 APG

Question 1: How will things change as he shifts back to his natural position?

Layman played a good deal of power forward last season as injuries made it almost a necessity. With Robert Carter becoming eligible, Layman shifts primarily back to his natural position at small forward.

One would think he learned things while having to change positions. He became more of a threat in the post, which helped to diversify his offensive game. He has said himself that he was made tougher by having to go against Carter every day in practice. His shooting percentage also increased dramatically.

That should carry over as he shifts back, giving him the option to use his athleticism against bigger defenders or take smaller defenders down into the post.

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Question 2: Is he willing to regularly get into the driver’s seat?

Over his first three seasons in College Park, the biggest critique of Layman has been that in big games he fades into the background. Was that a factor of players like Dez Wells taking the lead and Layman deferring?

With Wells having graduated, does Layman fill that role as a senior? Or do players like Carter and Stone and Sulaimon gladly pick up the slack and we see a similar pattern from the Massachusetts native?

Maryland is better the more weapons they have. And Layman is a weapon that they would love to turn to whenever possible. He just has to know that Maryland is fine with him missing a few shots because by this point in his career he has proven that he can hit his groove eventually.

Question 3: Will a senior season improve his draft stock?

Layman was projected to be a fringe first-round pick in the 2015 draft because of his combination of size, athleticism, and shooting ability fits perfectly into the NBA’s new-found love for small ball.

Now that he returns, which direction does his stock head? If he appears to level off, perhaps the perception of him by scouts does as well. But players have stayed four years and not hurt their stock in the past.

What would he have to do to improve it? Showing more assertiveness is likely atop that list, plus more improvement on the defensive end. If he does those things, he should cement a spot on that first or second-round fringe.

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland forward Justin Jackson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility to seek a career in the NBA.

Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon also says guard Dion Wiley will transfer before playing his senior season.

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Jackson averaged 10.5 points as a freshman before missing most of the 2017-18 season with a shoulder injury.

Jackson says, "After talking with my family and weighing my options, it's my desire to turn my full attention to preparing for a career in professional basketball."

Wiley appeared in 83 career games, playing a backup role on three teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament under Turgeon.

Maryland was 19-13 this season, including 8-10 in the Big Ten, and failed to reach the postseason.

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

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Lefty Driesell to be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame per report

Long-time University of Maryland men’s basketball coach Charles Grice “Lefty” Driesell will finally be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

This is according to NBC Sports Washington contributor Jon Feinstein.

Driesell coached the Terrapins for 17 seasons between 1969-86. While guiding the program to eight NCAA Tournament appearances and an NIT Championship, Driesell transformed Maryland into a legitimate force in college basketball.

When hired by the Terps, Driesell famously announced that he wanted to turn Maryland into the “UCLA of the East.” After only four seasons he had made it to two ACC Championship Games and his first Elite Eight appearance. His success opened the door not only for the program but the school to compete at the highest levels of competition.

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Maryland made it as high as the Elite Eight twice under the reign of Driesell. He was named ACC Coach of the Year twice and won one ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. At the time of his NIT Championship with the Terps in 1972, the NIT was held in a similar regard to the NCAA Tournament.

He is second on Maryland’s all-time wins list (348), behind Gary Williams’ 461. Driesell however, still holds the best win percentage of all Maryland coaches with 68.6 win percentage.

After Maryland, the former Duke basketball coached at James Madison for just short of a decade and ended his coaching days at Georgia State. Driesell also coached at Davidson before taking the Maryland job to combine for over 40 seasons at the head of a Division I basketball program.

The 86-year-old was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame back in 2007. He also the namesake for the NCAA’s best defensive player of the year award, which was first awarded in 2010.

The official announcement from the Naismith Hall of Fame will be during the Final Four on Saturday, March 31.

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