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


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.”


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 Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.


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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time.