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Robert Carter, then and now: 'I don’t expect people to remember me'

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Robert Carter, then and now: 'I don’t expect people to remember me'

Look around at NBA draft projections and national Top 100 lists and you won’t often find Maryland junior Robert Carter, Jr. Transfers years have a way of making you slip back under the radar, even if you routinely flirted with double-doubles in the ACC before you left.

But that’s just fine with Carter.

“I don’t expect people to remember me right now,” he told CSN at the team’s media day earlier this month. “I sat out a whole year. I’ve been putting in a lot of work. I feel like I worked the hardest I’ve ever worked in my life, so I feel like getting on the court with this team I’ll be able to do some special things and I will pop back on the radar.”

He has the tools. When he was still 25 pounds overweight at Georgia Tech, he averaged 11 points and eight rebounds. Since he has come to Maryland, coach Mark Turgeon says the Georgia native has cut his body fat percentage in half and expanded his game.

“I had a whole year of offseason, but it was fun,” Carter said. “[Strength and conditioning coach] Kyle Tarp, he’s amazing. He challenged me every day to be the best I can be. I wasn’t playing, so I had to change my diet, my work habits in the weight room.

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“I felt like I always worked hard on the court, but the weight room he challenged me.”

The result is a more agile and versatile player who, at times, will be asked to defend guards when Maryland plays big lineups that could feature Carter, freshman Diamond Stone, senior Jake Layman, junior Damonte Dodd, and sophomore Michal Cekovsky in any sort of combination.

His 7-2 wingspan helps him defensively, but the weight he has cut really makes it possible.

Add that to an offensive game that stretches out toward the perimeter and Carter is the type of player who could vault up draft boards and into the first round if he puts it all together.

“The best thing about Robert is what a great kid he is,” Turgeon said. “Talk about a basketball player all you want, but he’s just a great kid and he’s work hard.

“He’s hard as anybody, just trying to improve his game, improve his body since he’s been here so I hope he has a great year because he’s worked really hard.”

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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.