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Edsall to CSN on players-only meeting: 'It’s not...a secret'

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Edsall to CSN on players-only meeting: 'It’s not...a secret'

COLLEGE PARK -- Reports of a meeting for only Maryland players created something of a stir Tuesday following comments by head coach Randy Edsall that a meeting of that nature was “news to me.”

To trace the genesis of the story:

During Tuesday's media availability, freshman tight end Avery Edwards said the team had held a players-only meeting in the wake of the team’s 45-6 loss to West Virginia.

Senior kicker Brad Craddock, part of the team’s designated leadership council, elaborated with more details.

Edsall was asked a short while later on the Big Ten’s weekly media teleconference whether he was aware of such a meeting and he said he was not. News of that admission took off from there.

As part of a larger sitdown interview with CSN that will air Tuesday night on SportsTalk Live, Edsall addressed the ensuing criticism and expressed his belief that the structure of his team’s leadership council makes it so that it is unimportant whether or not he knew about that meeting or knows about similar meetings in the future.

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“I didn’t know about it and, you know, I don’t have to know about it,” Edsall said. “Because it shows that they’re taking the initiative that they want to make sure everybody is on the same page and we get focused and they’re basically carrying my message.

“I don’t know what the big deal is everybody’s making of it. I think it’s great. I mean, that’s why I have a leadership council and that’s why we meet with the leadership council and you know what? They’ve been doing this all summer long. They’ve been doing this since we put the council together.

“If they feel that there’s issues that they feel like they need to address with their teammates, they bring them together and they talk about it.”

Maryland currently sits at 2-2 on the year, with losses to Bowling Green and Saturday’s defeat at the hands of West Virginia.

The road gets no easier for Maryland, with Michigan coming to College Park on Saturday, followed by dates with No. 1 Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan State.

In part for that reason, Edsall says, meetings like the one his players held have value.

“It’s not anything that’s a secret. It’s not anything like that,” he went on to say. “They want to make sure they go out and do everything that they can to have everybody on the same page.

“I think it shows that we’re developing leadership, that these kids are taking it seriously and they see that, hey, if things aren’t going right -- if we don’t think it’s right -- let’s not wait for the coaches to have to do it which we’ve already done, but they want to do something on their own.”

Watch more from Edsall’s interview Tuesday night on SportsTalk Live, a show that airs every weekday at 10 p.m. on CSN.

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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.