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Trio of Terp transfers set to play in 2016 NIT

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Trio of Terp transfers set to play in 2016 NIT

Three players who transferred out of the Maryland program after the 2013-14 season will take part in the NIT, as reflected in the bracket for the tournament released on Sunday.

Charles Mitchell, Georgia Tech

Mitchell was the only one of the five players to leave Maryland who was able to play immediately at his next school. So now in his second season at Georgia Tech, he nearly posted a double-double per game of 9.9 points and 9.8 rebounds.

CSN spoke with Mitchell after his team lost to Virginia in the ACC tournament. You can read that here.

Georgia Tech is No. 4 seed and will face No. 5 Houston.

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Nick Faust, Long Beach State

Faust had the most circuitous route after leaving Maryland, first committing to Oregon State until head coach Craig Robinson was fired shortly after. While being the focus of the offense this season, his scoring increased to 17.1 points per game on career high shooting marks of 43.9 percent from the field and 36.9 percent from three.

Long Beach State will be a No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 seed Washington. If they win and beat the winner of San Diego State-IPFW, it presents the possibility that LBSU would face Georgia Tech.

Seth Allen, Virginia Tech

The Hokies lost to Miami in the ACC tournament last week, which came after a strong end to the season where Buzz Williams’ team had won six straight games.

On the year, Allen averaged 14.6 points on 39 percent shooting. He was named to the All-ACC tournament Second Team. Virginia Tech will be a No. 3 seed in the NIT and face Princeton in the first round.

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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.