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Read one Terp's detailed first impression of new DC Andy Buh

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Read one Terp's detailed first impression of new DC Andy Buh

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland had to make an unusual mid-spring change, with defensive coordinator Scott Shafer stepping down and head coach DJ Durkin hiring longtime friend and Kentucky special teams coordinator Andy Buh to replace him.

Buh has now been on the job for about a week, enough time to create an initial impression with the players he now leads.

“It’s been good. He’s been great. It’s good to be back with them. He does a great job,” Durkin said after practice on Tuesday. “He’s a great technical teacher and so, I mean, he’s been great. He’s familiar with what we’re doing. He’s already made a difference stepping in and doing some things with us.”

Fortunately (or, rather, strategically planned) for Maryland, Buh brings the same defensive philosophy to College Park as Scott Shafer did. There is no scheme overhaul with the change, which makes the transition easier.

Instead, Durkin has always reiterated that he wants coaches on his staff who bring the same level of energy and intensity that he does. Judging by comments from players, he fits right in. Defensive lineman David Shaw called him “energetic” and a “good asset” to the team.

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Rising junior Jesse Aniebonam took the deepest dive into what makes Buh -- Buh. It comes off as a measured, honest, veteran view of change at an unlikely time. It’s worth reading in full.

“My first impression of Coach Buh is just that he’s a guy that’s very critical. He’s a very critical coach and the way he coaches it’s very eccentric, I would say,” he said.

“He came in, he really didn’t give too much time to start the whole icebreaker thing. He just kind of, ‘I’m the coach, you’re the player. We’re going to have a good relationship but we have to get right to work.’ He was just a really headstrong, head-forward and just got us going right away. He gave a really intense impression, but I think it’s going to be a good season having him as a coach.”

But do the players take well to that style?

“Yeah,” he said. “Especially because we’re towards the end of and we just got a new coordinator, we need that kind of heads-forward type of vibe and that type of intensity that he brings in and I think the players have been responding to it well just because he just brings the same type of energy that the rest of the coaches bring and that’s just what we need as a team.”

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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.