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3-of-5 Preview: Questions (and answers) for Rasheed Sulaimon

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3-of-5 Preview: Questions (and answers) for Rasheed Sulaimon

In the days leading up to Saturday’s Midnight Madness festivities, CSN will take a look at each projected member of Maryland’s starting five with an individual preview for each player. We will pose three questions of the five starters, with CSN’s answer for each listed just below it.

Here is the 3-of-5 Preview.

Name: Rasheed Sulaimon

Position: Shooting guard

Class: Senior

2014-15 Stats: 7.5 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.8 APG

Question 1: Will he fill the biggest remaining hole on this team?

Before Sulaimon’s arrival, it was clear that the shooting guard position was a question. Sophomore Dion Wiley was not comfortable starting as a freshman. There were other scoring-oriented graduate transfers on the market and Maryland landed Sulaimon.

Why? The Terrapins need a lock-down wing defender after the departure of Dez Wells and a player who doesn’t have to be ball-dominant to affect a game. Sulaimon is that type of player -- though he can carry a load offensively if asked.

There probably was not a more perfect (on paper) fit on the market for this team.

Question 2: How does he fit in with the chemistry mix of this team?

Maryland was a cohesive unit last season, which was part of the reason they surprised so many people and advanced to the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament. Sulaimon is a newcomer, but he should be able to fit in just fine.

Turgeon has longstanding ties with Sulaimon, going back to recruiting the Houston native while he coached at Texas A&M. For that reason, he has a good read on the type of player the senior is and how he projects to fit with the pieces already here.

Maryland is a Top 10 team without Sulaimon. They’re a No. 1 contender with him. Turgeon likely wouldn’t roll the dice if he felt like bringing him in would do damage to what was already here.

Question 3: How will be he used in this offense?

Maryland lost its NCAA tournament matchup vs. West Virginia because Melo Trimble was injured and the Terrapins did not have another ball handler to turn to. Junior college transfer Jaylen Brantley will help the cause, but don’t be surprised if there are instances where Sulaimon takes the reins, too.

Turgeon loves flexibility in his lineups and shifting Trimble off the ball gives him the ability at times to focus solely on being a scorer instead of the initiator of the offense. The more flexibility, the better.

But he can also handle a scoring load. He was recruited over at Duke, but he shot north of 40 percent from three in two of his three seasons with the Blue Devils and averaged 11 points per game as a freshman.

Other 3-of-5 Previews:

- Melo Trimble

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.

Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.

Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.

With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders.  The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.

Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off.  Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them.  He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).

No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.

Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.

After today though, it may be hard to say no.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!

Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.

But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!

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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.

He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.

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