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The message that DJ Durkin believes is resonating with recruits

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The message that DJ Durkin believes is resonating with recruits

Maryland head coach DJ Durkin will be the first to say that his 2017 recruiting class -- four months into his tenure is College Park -- is far from done. That goes for both players yet to make their decisions and maintaining the ones already pledged.

But in his short time as the Terrapins’ head coach, Durkin already has the nation’s No. 25 recruiting class, according to Rivals.com, which includes commitments from four-star defensive lineman Cam Spence of powerhouse IMG Academy (Fla.) and the presumed quarterback of the future, four-star Kasim Hill of St. John’s (D.C.).

Coaches cannot comment on specific recruits until they have officially signed, but Durkin was asked last week about the progress he and his staff have made on the recruiting front so far

“It’s going well. Obviously recruiting is one of those things where you’ve got to do it every day. It never stops. It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” he said.

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“Signing Day’s a long way away and so the thing people are starting to find out about our staff and our program is we’re consistent. What you see is what you get. We’re not a used car salesman trying to get a commit.

“It’s just kind of like it’s who we are and that’s who we’re going to be tomorrow and a month from now, a year from now, whatever it is. I think that message is starting to get across to guys and we’ll just keep going.”

By the look of it, Maryland’s current recruiting ranking is poised to improve. 247Sports.com currently projects the Terrapins as the frontrunner for five-star defensive lineman Joshua Kaindoh of IMG Academy. Rivals.com ranks Kaindoh as the No. 4 overall player in the class of 2017.

Maryland is also strong with a number of other standouts, including DeMatha (Md.) locals Anthony McFarland (four-star) and Chase Young (four-star) and many others.

There already seems to be a marked improvement with the core group of players that Durkin inherited. If this recruiting keeps up, there should be an influx of more talent, too.

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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.

WANT MORE HOOPS?  Listen below as Troy Machir and Chick Hernandez discuss Lefty Driesell's legacy in the area and why the Terps icon was on the outside of the Hall of Fame for so long.