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Diamond Stone earns two Big Ten awards after breakout week

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Diamond Stone earns two Big Ten awards after breakout week

Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week and the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after his record-breaking performance against Penn State and a strong follow-up showing on the road against Northwestern.

Stone broke the program’s single-game scoring record for a freshman in Wednesday’s win over Penn State, putting up 39 points to eclipse the mark set by Joe Smith in 1993. He also topped the program’s record for free throws made (19) and free throws attempted (25) in a single game.

Though there was some debate on the outside as to whether Stone should remain the team’s sixth man or if he should be re-inserted into the starting lineup.

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Head coach Mark Turgeon decided to stick with what has been working, bringing Stone off the bench, and the freshman followed up with a 10-point, two-block performance against Northwestern.

Stone has found his stride since becoming Maryland’s sixth man. He has scored in double figures in seven straight games.

The Terrapins return to the floor on Wednesday to face Rutgers before Stone makes his homecoming on Saturday against Wisconsin in Madison.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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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