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Wells has encouraging words for possible No. 1 Terps


Wells has encouraging words for possible No. 1 Terps

Dez Wells in many ways set the foundation for the future of the Maryland program by helping to stabilize the early years of Mark Turgeon’s tenure in College Park.

But he has now graduated and is focused on forging his own professional career, leaving behind him a team that could very well be No. 1 in the nation when preseason polls are released in the fall.

During a workout with the Wizards last week, Wells answered a question from CSN’s Ben Standig about whether any part of him wishes he could be a part of next year’s team.

"I'm far removed from that,” he said. “I'm happy those guys have the success coming their way, but if they learned anything from me it's that potential means nothing.


“You got to go out there and prove everybody wrong or prove everybody right who does believe in you.”

With guard Melo Trimble returning, it created a domino effect that led five-star center Diamond Stone to College Park, as well as Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon. Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter is now eligible, as well, and he could very well be a future first-round pick in the NBA Draft.

All of those factors coming together is what has Maryland in the mix with teams like North Carolina, Kansas, and Kentucky for the No. 1 preseason seed. But Wells has words of caution.

“I don't really think they should pay attention to that No. 1 preseason ranking because it's still preseason,” he said. “Just hope those guys go out there and work out as hard as they can and I know they will. If they ever need any advice, I'm always here for them.”

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Maryland loses two as Justin Jackson declares for NBA Draft, will sign with agent


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.


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.


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.