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Turgeon on Trimble's injury progress: 'Better' but 'concerned'

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Turgeon on Trimble's injury progress: 'Better' but 'concerned'

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland sophomore guard Melo Trimble played just 14 minutes in Wednesday night’s 88-63 victory over Rutgers. While his team had the game well in hand, Trimble sat out the entirety of the second half with hamstring tightness.

Speaking to the media on Thursday -- one day after saying that Trimble would be “fine” -- head coach Mark Turgeon elaborated on the situation, an injury that he says is related to an issue Trimble worked through last season.

“For us, [news of the injury] started last night. Melo said it has been bothering him for a while,” Turgeon said. “Same thing he had last year. He went through about a two-week period where he wasn’t doing very well. He was stiff.”

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Last season, Trimble dealt with a back injury that eventually caused an issue in his left leg. It continued through a portion of the Big Ten season and into February.

Now, the focus for Trimble is getting him healthy and ready to play on Saturday when the Terrapins travel to Madison to face Wisconsin. As of now, he is expected to play.

“He’s doing better today. He’s still stiff, getting a ton of treatment today. He’ll get a massage,” Turgeon went on to say. “I’m expecting him to be better tomorrow than he is today and hopefully he’ll be better on Saturday, so we’ll see.

“It’s something that we’re concerned about, but I think with proper care and stretching he should be fine.”

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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.

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