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Anderson: 3 early facts about Maryland coaching search


Anderson: 3 early facts about Maryland coaching search

COLLEGE PARK -- With Maryland’s decision to move on from head coach Randy Edsall Sunday and with interim head coach Mike Locksley in place for the remainder of the year, athletic director Kevin Anderson was asked about what amounts to his second chance to hire a football coach at Maryland.

Here are the three biggest preliminary points that he outlined:

1) Mike Locksley will be evaluated over these six games and will be in the mix

Not that one would expect anything other than this affirmation at the moment -- with the desire to fairly evaluate the interim coach after just firing the program’s head coach -- but Anderson said that Locksley would be evaluated as the coach over the season’s final six games and that he would be in the mix to be the program’s permanent coach.

“We haven’t even talked about how we’re going to move forward,” Anderson said. “But I expect Michael to do a great job and to be a candidate for this position and we’ll go on from there.”

He has experience as a head coach, but has struggled in the past. In more than two seasons at New Mexico, he finished with an overall record of 2-26.


2) Wanted: Someone to uphold the three pillars

Anderson said the next permanent coach must uphold three main, rather standard pillars for the program: academics, character development, and winning on the field.

As was mentioned, that’s not really something out of the ordinary. Edsall lacked the last of those three most prominently, which explains his dismissal.

3) Wants someone who will excite the fan base (which means offense)

Edsall’s hire, at the time, did not excite the Maryland fan base. A coach of discipline and order, combined with the manner in which his tenure began, would contribute to that. By the way Anderson spoke Sunday, it seems he wants a change.

“I can tell you that I believe that if we look at football today, the fans want exciting, wide-open offense,” he said, “and I think that part of why we weren’t successful these last six games is that we’re going to open up the offense and there’s things ... that we did yesterday at Ohio State and so I think we’re going to continue and embellish that.

“You look at some of the better coaches and the great coaches is that they bring that kind of enthusiasm to the game and that’s what I’ll be looking for and that’s what we’ll get.”

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter was drafted No. 19 overall Thursday night by the Atlanta Hawks.

He's the Terps' highest draft pick since the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Huerter played two seasons with Maryland, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and three assists as a Terp. He's best known for his knockdown shooting ability, as he knocked down 46.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 39.4 percent of his three-point shots. During his sophomore season, he was better than 50 percent from the field and better than 40 percent from deep.

Back in April, when Huerter first declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, it was widely assumed he was just testing the waters to get feedback from NBA scouts and would return to school for his junior season. But an outstanding performance at the NBA Combine saw his hardly existent draft stock skyrocket. Almost overnight, Huerter's name was popping up in the first round of mock drafts, and now what seemed like a no-brainer decision to return to school wasn't so clear.

On May 30, he announced that he would leave his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent. He recently had surgery on a torn ligament in his hand, but is expected to miss only two months and make a full recovery by the time the 2018 NBA season starts.

With the Atlanta Hawks, Huerter should pick up right where he left off shooting in college, but can also provide high basketball IQ and sneaky athleticism. He and Trae Young join Dennis Schröder and Kent Bazemore who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season.