Watch the full interview with Maryland head coach John Szefc in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.
With two lasers to the plate to nail runners at home and a pair of home runs in the regional round of the NCAA tournament, a national audience was formally introduced to Maryland centerfielder LaMonte Wade.
But to his coach, John Szefc, this wasn’t unexpected. It was merely delayed.
“He missed, you know, five weeks, six weeks in the middle [of the season] with a broken hand,” Szefc told CSN on Tuesday. “So he kind of, just as he was coming onto the radar early in the season all of the sudden he disappeared for six weeks with this injury.”
In the regional round of the NCAA tournament, Wade was the spark at the top of Maryland’s lineup and the cannon that mowed down runners at the plate. He became the singular star of a team that eliminated No. 1 national seed UCLA to help the Terrapins advance to their second straight Super Regional.
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Maryland now advances to play Virginia, a best of three series that begins on Friday. Wade again figures to be a factor not only at the plate, but in the field as well.
“Is he really playing at the highest level yet?” Szefc pondered aloud to CSN.
“I mean, there’s no doubt about that and that’s great for him, but I wouldn’t say it’s an overly large surprise to us but he’s one of those guys who’s just gotten better and better and better. He’s playing his absolute best right now.”
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.
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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