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Big play, near-TD highlight Diggs' Vikings preseason debut


Big play, near-TD highlight Diggs' Vikings preseason debut

Stefon Diggs spent most of the first half of Minnesota's 14-3 preseason win over Pittsburgh on Sunday night watching from the sidelines. But, as many remember from his college days at Maryland, it turns out he was a big play waiting to happen.

With just over four minutes to play in the third quarter -- and one drive after he had made a fair catch on a Pittsburgh punt -- Diggs took a punt 62 yards nearly for a touchdown, being ruled down at the one-yard line after the play was reviewed.

That, predictably, had former teammates cheering on Twitter for the fifth-round pick who has been seen by many as undervalued in the context of his draft position.


Here were a few more Diggs-involved plays on Sunday:

- With 4:20 to play in the second quarter, Vikings quarterback Matt Kafka  found MyCole Pruitt wide open across the middle of the field. Pruitt pulled it in and ran toward the end zone on the near sideline. That's where Diggs was, throwing a final block that sealed the touchdown to put Minnesota up 7-3.

- Diggs' first catch came in the third quarter on a bubble screen on the near sideline. He cut it back upfield and gained eight yards.

- Diggs finished the game with two catches for 14 yards and that 62-yard return

- Minnesota plays again in the preseason on Aug. 15 against Tampa Bay

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta


Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

It was just months ago that Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter was a sure lock to return for the 2018-2019 season in College Park. 

At some point during the offseason, the 19-year-old changed his mind and decided to test his luck and enter the 2018 NBA Draft. 

After a solid performance at the Combine, Huerter began to soar up draft projection boards. 

Fast forward to the night of the Draft on June 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The Clifton Park, N.Y. native declined an invite to instead be with his family, friends and former teammates at a local country club. 

After watching 18 players get their names called by Commisioner Adam Silver, this happened: 

This viral video had the 518 (Albany, N.Y. area code) basketball community buzzing about the kid who brought Shenendehowa High School its first state championship since 1987. 

Huerter enjoyed outreach from many different names throughout the sports community: 

On Monday, Huerter was officially introduced as the newest Atlanta Hawk. His father, Tom Huerter, documented part of the special day on Twitter: 

In other news, if you don't see Kevin Huerter in Summer League, don't worry. Earlier this month, Huerter learned he needed to repair torn ligaments in his right shooting hand in order to be fully ready for the start of camp. 

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk expressed his confidence in a full recovery for Huerter during the introductory press conference Monday. 

Clearly the organization is in the middle of a massive rebuild, and it's hoping that newcomers Kevin Huerter, Trae Young and Omari Spellman will be at the center of it. 

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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.