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Former Maryland forward Robert Carter, Jr. goes undrafted

Former Maryland forward Robert Carter, Jr. goes undrafted

Former Maryland forward Robert Carter, Jr. went undrafted after all 60 picks of the 2016 NBA Draft had been announced.

Carter, a native of Thomasville, Georgia, played his first two seasons of college basketball at Georgia Tech before deciding to transfer to Maryland. He sat one season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules before playing his first and only season in College Park in 2015-16.

He averaged 12.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting 55 percent from the floor and 33 percent from three-point range. He was named an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.

At 22 years old, Carter decided after the season to forfeit his final year of college eligibility and declare for the draft. By signing an agent, the door back to College Park was officially shut.

He accepted an invite to the 2016 NBA Combine in Chicago in May and shined during full-court, 5-on-5 scrimmages. He showed more end-to-end offensive versatility than he did much of his redshirt junior season at Maryland and teams took notice.

Though questions remain about his athleticism and defensive ceiling, his work ethic is unquestioned. During the season that Carter sat out between Georgia Tech and Maryland, he committed to dropping significant weight and improving his outside shot. He did both, making him a legitimate NBA prospect.

In the modern NBA, Carter’s skill set is a coveted one. At 6-8 with a 7-3 wingspan, Carter fits into small-ball lineups that will want to push the ball up the floor. At the same time, he can step out beyond the three-point line and keep defenses honest.

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Maryland lands former Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson

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Maryland lands former Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson

University of Maryland head football coach Mike Locksley is back at it again on the recruiting trail.

On Monday, former Virginia Tech starting quarterback Josh Jackson announced his decision to transfer to Maryland. Jackson is the second quarterback in the last three weeks to commit to Maryland, as Locksley landed four-star prospect Lance LeGendre over Florida State on National Signing Day earlier this month.

Jackson has two years remaining of eligibility, and will be able to play for the Terrapins immediately.

The former Hokie entered the 2018 season as the starting quarterback, but suffered a season-ending injury in September. In 2017, Jackson started all 13 games for Virginia Tech, throwing for 2,991 yards and 20 touchdowns, while adding another 324 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. The Hokies went 9-4.

It's been a very busy offseason for the Terrapins quarterback room. Kasim Hill, who started the first 10 games of Maryland's season a year ago, announced he was entering the NCAA's transfer portal on Feb. 8.

Hill is currently recovering from a left ACL tear, his second ACL tear in as many years. 

After adding Jackson, the transfer will most likely compete with senior Tyrrell Pigrome for the Terrapins starting quarterback position. Pigrome entered the 2017 season as the Terps starter, but tore his ACL in Maryland's Week 1 victory over Texas. Hill beat our Pigrome for the starting position in 2018, but Pigrome closed the season out as Maryland's starter after Hill got hurt.

It's very evident that one of Locksley's main priorities after being named head coach was upgrading the quarterback position. The Terrapins aerial attack struggled significantly in 2018. In his 10 starts, Hill failed to throw over 100 yards in six of them. That's not good.

While there is no guarantee that Maryland's quarterback play will improve in 2019, one thing is for sure: the quarterback room will look a lot different.

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Maryland-bound Mitchell twins lead Woodrow Wilson to DCIAA championship

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Maryland-bound Mitchell twins lead Woodrow Wilson to DCIAA championship

For a third straight year, Woodrow Wilson High School took home the DCIAA title in boys basketball with its 92-48 thrashing of Roosevelt. 

Head coach Angelo Hernandez received double-digit scoring contributions from five players, including a team-high 17 from Darren Buchanan. 

The Maryland-bound Mitchell twins -- Makhi and Mahkel -- continued their efficient return to D.C. hoops with 13 points each. Makhi finished with a stat line of 13 points, 15 rebounds, and five assists. 

They're set to join Mark Turgeon's 2019 roster after a high school journey which started at Bishop McNamara (Forestville) and went on to the famed Montverde Academy (Florida) for a short stint with current Duke star RJ Barrett before returning to their D.C. roots for a final hoorah at Wilson. 

Up next for the Tigers? The state tournament.