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How new NBA Draft rules could work in favor of three Terps


How new NBA Draft rules could work in favor of three Terps

Maryland’s three centerpiece players with eligibility still remaining -- Melo Trimble, Robert Carter, Jr., and Diamond Stone -- have all yet to make their intentions known in regards to the 2016 NBA Draft.

But because of a rule change now taking effect, there is a case to be made that there is little to no downside for each of those players to at the very least declare, test the NBA waters, and return to school if they so desire.

Let’s examine the rule.

Previously, players who declared for the NBA Draft and were included on the league’s list of early entrants would forfeit their remaining eligibility.

As it stands now, players who declare for the draft can withdraw their names, maintain their eligibility, and return to school so long as they do it before May 25 and do not hire an agent during the draft process.

That gives players the flexibility to get feedback from teams, have one workout with an NBA team, and prove what they can do at the NBA Combine (May 11-15) -- if invited -- before making a final decision.

What would that mean for each of the Terrapins?

For Trimble, who saw his draft stock slide as he endured a shooting slump down the final stretch of the season, he would be able to get feedback about the impact of some things that we know for certain about his game, including his under-athleticism, and how much that impacts how he is viewed.

Trimble’s strength won’t be the Combine itself, though. His value is rooted in what he can do within the framework of a game. That includes his intelligence in pick-and-roll sets and his ability to compensate for his lack of athleticism by changing speeds.


For Carter, he has found himself sneaking into the back end of the second round in some NBA Draft projections after he showed the tools to be a stretch-four at the next level.

Though sometimes streaky from deep, Carter upped his three-point shooting mark by seven percentage points over his sophomore season at Georgia Tech. He also increased his two-point percentage by nearly 10 percentage points and his free-throw mark by nine percentage points.

He will have to find out what value teams believe would come from returning, being that he will be a fifth-year senior if he comes back for another season. Would being the centerpiece of the 2016-17 team give him the chance to vault himself into the first round?

Lastly, Diamond Stone.

Stone reached as high as the Top 10 during the strongest stretches of his freshman season. Except for some flashes -- including carrying the team through some early rough patches against Hawaii in the NCAA tournament -- he was not the dominant force late in the year that he was earlier in games like his record-setting performance against Penn State.

The Combine would give Stone an opportunity to match up against his equals, though he appears solidly in the first round and his combination of age and upside will have most scouts’ attention anyway.

The NCAA now allows players to enter and withdraw from the draw with no cap in their college career. The NBA allows players to enter and withdraw twice before they are made automatically eligible in the draft that follows their second withdrawal.

So there is flexibility here that Maryland’s prospects can take advantage of -- especially because players who are to a much lesser extent on the NBA’s radar are already doing so.

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Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round


Big Ten season comes to a close for Maryland in final seconds of second round

NEW YORK -- After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time.

Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Brad Davison and Iverson each made two free throws in the final nine seconds, and the ninth-seeded Badgers (15-17) advanced to the quarterfinals against top-seeded Michigan on Friday at Madison Square Garden after winning for the fifth time in seven games.

"It's a credit to these guys to my right and also the guys back in the locker room, how they've grown over the last month," Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. "It has been fun to watch and hopefully we've got a lot more basketball yet to play."

The win wasn't pretty, but the Badgers made all the key plays down the stretch and eight-seeded Maryland (19-13) didn't.

The biggest plays were offensive rebounds by Iverson and Ethan Happ after Pritzl and Davison missed 3-point shots with the game tied at 53.

After the second miss with 40.3 seconds to go, Wisconsin called timeout and Pritzl got the game-winner 12 seconds later.

"I think, especially at the end of this game, the possessions are magnified," Davison said. "When you do things right those final possessions, you can really turn things around."

Maryland had a chance to tie the game when Kevin Huerter was fouled by Happ with 9.2 seconds to go, but he missed the first of two free throws and the Terps came up short for the seventh time in 11 games.

"I feel like we were fighting uphill all night," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. "We had the lead 24-23. It's the one time we had the lead. We tied it a bunch of times. It really came down to two things. We fouled too much and we couldn't get a rebound when we needed a rebound."


Happ had 14 points and seven rebounds for Wisconsin, which lost to Michigan State 68-63 less than a week ago. Davison finished with 13 points while Iverson had 11 and six rebounds and Pritzl 10 points. The Badgers, who lost starting point guard D'Mitrik Trice and reserve Kobe King to injuries in December, won despite shooting 36 percent.

"I personally figure we just have to string together an entire game for 40 minutes and just staying toe to toe with them like we did last game," Iverson said. "I know we'll be ready for them."

Huerter had 20 points to lead Maryland. Anthony Cowan Jr. added 16 points and Bruno Fernando had 12 points and nine rebounds.

Wisconsin never trailed in the second half, but it never led by more than three points in the final 11:40 until the closing seconds.

Pritzl's jumper broke a 53-all tie. Huerter then missed the first free throw and made the second. Maryland fouled Davison on the inbounds pass and he made both shots with 8.5 seconds to go for a 57-54 lead.

Wisconsin fouled Cowan rather than let him attempt a game-tying 3-pointer. Since it was a nonshooting foul, the Terps had to inbound with 5 seconds to go and Iverson stole Dion Wiley's pass and then closed the game with two free throws.

"He has evolved into our defensive end stopped," Gard said. "For him to come in and make a play like that at the end to seal it was great."


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Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors


Cowan, Fernando, Huerter receive All-Big Ten honors

In a roller-coaster season for the Maryland Terrapins, there have been three points of consistency on their roster: Anthony Cowan Jr., Kevin Huerter, and Bruno Fernando.

On Monday, the Big Ten awarded them each their first conference recognition.


Sophomore guard, Cowan was named the All-Big Ten Third Team and the All-Defensive Team. The 6-0 guard finished 10th in the Big Ten in scoring with 15.7 points per game. He also was third in assists (5.2) and steals (1.5). He was a nightmare to defend, filling right into the role that Melo Trimble left vacated this year. Both recognitions were from the Big Ten coaches and media.

Freshman forward, Fernando was selected for the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Leading all freshmen with 6.4 rebounds and averaging 10.2 points a game, he instantly had an impact on the Terps. From Angola, the 6-10 forward capped his season with 21 points against Iowa on Jan. 7. In his first year, he went from a bench player to a starter, to Sportscenter. It was the first time ever a Terp has been named to the All-Freshman Team 

Huerter was named a Big Ten Honorable Mention by the coaches and media. Stepping into a new role in the 2017-18 season, Huerter struggled but still managed to be highly productive. With the ball in his hands more he shot 42.1 percent from deep and made 72 three-point baskets on the season. Already through two seasons, he is 12th on Maryland’s all-time three-point list.  He also scored 14.6 points a game.