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Former Terp on Sulaimon: 'Testudo is rolling over in his grave'

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Former Terp on Sulaimon: 'Testudo is rolling over in his grave'

Former Maryland standout and longtime NBA veteran Tony Massenburg joined CSN’s SportsTalk Live on Tuesday night.

The subject of Rasheed Sulaimon came up, the former Duke Blue Devil who will transfer to Maryland, news of which became official on Monday.

“Somewhere, Testudo is rolling over in his grave,” Massenburg joked, referring to the name of Maryland’s mascot. “Never saw this one coming.”

During Massenburg’s college days, as former Maryland head coach Gary Williams alluded to earlier this week, this type of move was almost inconceivable not only because of the rivalry between the two schools but because of the heavy sanctions placed on players who had intentions of transferring within the ACC.

Thanks to realignment and the fact that Sulaimon is scheduled to graduate from Duke, those transfer restrictions disappeared and cleared the way for such a move.

“I will admit this kid Rasheed Sulaimon is a great player,” Massenburg went on to say. “I think he just didn’t get seen enough ... There has been NBA talent that he’s had to take a backseat to.”

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Which is true.

After a strong freshman season at Duke, the Blue Devils brought in freshman Jabari Parker and Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood became eligible after sitting out a season. Both of those players chipped away at minutes and touches that Sulaimon got the previous year.

It happened again this past season with the additions of freshmen Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow. Jones became the starting point guard, eventually pushing senior Quinn Cook to the other guard spot and cutting into Sulaimon’s usage.

Parker was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Hood was selected in the first round. Jones and Winslow will likely both be first-rounders, too, perhaps even both lottery selections.

Sulaimon now slots into the starting lineup at Maryland where, though he’ll be surrounded by talent, there’s very little question about his place as a starter with sophomore Dion Wiley behind him off of the bench.

In that role, he will be the defensive stopper that Maryland lost with the graduation of Dez Wells and any scoring production he adds (which he's more than capable of) will simply be a benefit.

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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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