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Former Maryland forward Robert Carter, Jr. goes undrafted

Former Maryland forward Robert Carter, Jr. goes undrafted

Former Maryland forward Robert Carter, Jr. went undrafted after all 60 picks of the 2016 NBA Draft had been announced.

Carter, a native of Thomasville, Georgia, played his first two seasons of college basketball at Georgia Tech before deciding to transfer to Maryland. He sat one season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules before playing his first and only season in College Park in 2015-16.

He averaged 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting 55 percent from the floor and 33 percent from three-point range. He was named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.

At 22 years old, Carter decided after the season to forfeit his final year of college eligibility and declare for the draft. By signing an agent, the door back to College Park was officially shut.

He accepted an invite to the 2016 NBA Combine in Chicago in May and shined during full-court, 5-on-5 scrimmages. He showed more end-to-end offensive versatility than he did much of his redshirt junior season at Maryland and teams took notice.

Though questions remain about his athleticism and defensive ceiling, his work ethic is unquestioned. During the season that Carter sat out between Georgia Tech and Maryland, he committed to dropping significant weight and improving his outside shot. He did both, making him a legitimate NBA prospect.

In the modern NBA, Carter’s skill set is a coveted one. At 6-8 with a 7-3 wingspan, Carter fits into small-ball lineups that will want to push the ball up the floor. At the same time, he can step out beyond the three-point line and keep defenses honest.

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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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