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Anthony Cowan Jr. on what it was like to have the Maryland season cut short

Anthony Cowan Jr. on what it was like to have the Maryland season cut short

Anthony Cowan Jr. and his Terps teammates had just won a share of the Big Ten regular-season title and were practicing for the postseason when their season was cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

And just like that, his college career was over. 

"I mean it was weird," he told Terps football coach Mike Locksley on "Late Night With Locks," the Instagram show that is simulcast on NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page. "I say this to people all the time. It was almost like the Kobe [Bryant] death. It didn’t feel real. It felt like there was no way they could cancel something that was so big and that meant so much to so many people. But on the other hand, I definitely understood and I think this time definitely gave me some time to come to peace with a lot of things."

He learned an important lesson from the disappointing experience after what was an incredible run by the Terps' men's basketball team: To not take anything for granted.

"Nothing is given to you, stuff is earned," he said. "You just have to understand that. Before everything was shut down, we were just practicing and just winning the Big Ten championship a couple of days before, thinking everything is straight, we're going to go out we're going to give it all in our Big Ten tournament. Then to just have everything cut off so quickly, just shows you don’t know everything is going to happen. You just have to be prepared for it. Life takes crazy turns." 

Cowan is now preparing for the NBA draft. He's staying in shape by running hills -- there's a good one near his house, he said. And he's working on skills at his personal gym in Gaithersburg. 

"Just trying to do everything I can," he said. "Just trying to switch it up. Just trying not to get too bored with it, just trying to stay in shape."

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Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

Report: Top quarterback recruit Caleb Williams gave Maryland last word before college decision

On Saturday night, the No. 1 quarterback prospect of the 2021 recruiting class will announce his decision on where he will spend his college career. And he may not even have to leave the DMV to do it.

Gonzaga’s junior signal caller Caleb Williams has narrowed his list of options down to three schools: Oklahoma, LSU and Maryland. Though the Sooners under quarterback guru Lincoln Riley are considered the favorites to land him, the hometown Terrapins have outlasted a plethora of other schools throughout Williams’ decision-making process. According to The Washington Post, he gave head coach Michael Locksley and the Terps final word, last speaking with Maryland coaches on June 27.

Ranked the fourth overall player in his class by 247sports, Williams is coming off back-to-back seasons in which he was named first-team All-Met. As a junior in 2019, he threw for 1,770 yards and 19 touchdowns while showcasing his dual-threat ability by rushing for 838 yards and another 18 scores.

Locksley and the Terps have already enjoyed a successful offseason of recruiting highlighted by landing 247sports’ fourth-ranked wide receiver in the 2020 class, Rakim Jarrett. A product of St. John’s in D.C., he flipped from LSU on signing day, surprising even Locksley.


Though the Terps went just 3-9 (1-8 in Big Ten play) last season, the addition of Jarrett as a legitimate weapon in the passing game may be enough to convince Williams to forego Oklahoma and LSU. He plans to announce his decision Saturday at 9 p.m.


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Top 2022 prospect Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State

Top 2022 prospect Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State

The No. 1 prospect basketball in the class of 2022 Emoni Bates announced his commitment to Michigan State on Monday. 

The five-star small forward is considered the best high school prospect in more than a decade and will be taking his talents to the Big Ten.

Bates had offers from four other schools: DePaul, Florida State, Kentucky and Michigan. The Michigan native announced his commitment extremely early in the recruiting process –– so early that the top eight recruits in the 2021 class have not even announced their decisions yet.

The 6-foot-9, 205-pound forward became the first commit of Michigan State’s class. He is also the first five-star to become a Spartan since Jaren Jackson Jr. in 2017 and the first No. 1 prospect to sign with the school since ESPN began its recruiting database in 2007.

His commitment came at a crucial time for the Spartans who lost significant talent at the end of last season in 2019 Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston, who graduated, and 2020 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Xavier Tillman Sr., who declared for the NBA Draft after his junior season.

Maryland will now have to face Bates at least twice a year in Big Ten play. The Terps have two commits in their class of 2021 – four stars Julian Reese and Ike Cornish – but have yet to add a member to the class of 2022. 

Last season, Maryland and Michigan State each won one matchup against the other. The two teams tied alongside Wisconsin as co-Big Ten Champions. All three teams posted a 14-6 conference record before the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments were cut short or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In the final AP Poll, Michigan State finished ninth while Maryland finished 12th.