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Dez Wells recaps pre-draft workout with Lakers

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Dez Wells recaps pre-draft workout with Lakers

Former Maryland guard Dez Wells was one of six players who worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday, the second such event he has attended after doing the same for the Boston Celtics earlier this month.

He spoke to the media after, a session captured by LakersNation.com:

On the overall workout:

I felt good. I thought … I did really well for the workout. I made shots, you know. I competed really hard and I played the right way so I think doing all those things in these NBA workouts is a recipe for a really good one.

On what he was trying to show:

You just got out there and play and stick to what you’re really good at and show them what you’ve been working on because they can see that. These guys are highly trained and they’re professionals at what they do so they know what they’re looking for. So just go out there, play your game and play as hard as you can and I think you’ll do well.

On his feelings going into the workout:

I’m not nervous at all. You wait for this process throughout your whole life so when you get here, you’ve been prepping for it for about six or seven weeks so you just get in here and you just let loose. Don’t even pay attention to the GMs and the scouts and the head coaches that are on the sideline. You just go out there and do what you love and have fun with it, man.

On how he would describe his game:

I would say I would describe my game as high energy, a person who can play both sides of the ball, can score, can defend, can make the right plays, can rebound. Everything is just like a jack of all trades. I can do some of everything.

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

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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.