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Why 'way-too-early' Top 25 projections are fair for Terps (for now)


Why 'way-too-early' Top 25 projections are fair for Terps (for now)

It's an annual exercise, when news outlets release a "way-too-early" Top 25 for the following season not long after the current year's national championship goes final.

With the way Monday night's game between Villanova and North Carolina ended, maybe there was a little bit of a delay on these as everyone sat in awe of what they just witnessed. But each of the major sites has now released its version and there seems to be a common theme when it comes to Maryland -- assumptions, but inclusion. 

Though sources say Diamond Stone has not made a final decision about his NBA future, signs seem to point to the former five-star recruit eventually entering the draft. That leaves two players with eligibility remaining who have draft decisions to make -- point guard Melo Trimble and foward Robert Carter, Jr. 


Of the four largest outlets projecting the Top 25, three have Maryland in the mix and it seems to be predicated on the idea that Trimble and Carter will both return to school. 

CBS has Maryland at No. 13, calling Trimble an "undeniable difference-maker." NBC has Maryland at No. 16, saying that the Terrapins will be in "full rebuilding mode" if Trimble and Carter leave. ESPN slots the Terrapins in at No. 14, saying if Trimble and Carter return then Maryland "feels like a top-25 team at the absolute worst." Yahoo does not list the Terrapins in their Top 20, but notes that they were under consideration.

It's true that much hinges on the decision of those two players. Incoming freshman Anthony Cowan is talented, but can he be expected to shoulder the same kind of load that Trimble did in his first season in College Park if Trimble goes pro? If Carter were to leave, who would Maryland look to for post scoring next season? Who could they add in the graduate transfer market or in the late signing period?

All of those questions have yet to be answered. But, under the assumptions above, national projections for next year's Terrapins seem fair. 

Dion Wiley will return from injury and likely become the team's starting shooting guard. Damonte Dodd, Michal Cekovsky, and Ivan Bender become the core of the front-court rotation. Jared Nickens has an opportunity to take the next step. Cowan joins Kevin Huerter and Micah Thomas in the team's 2016 recruiting class.

Though there might not be the top-to-bottom NBA talent of the 2015-16 roster, somewhere around No. 15 nationally would seem to be in the cards to start the season -- if key pieces return.

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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.