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Gary Williams on Maryland, Sulaimon, and chemistry

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Gary Williams on Maryland, Sulaimon, and chemistry

Gary Williams' full appearance on SportsNet Central will begin in the video player above momentarily.

It wouldn’t be a Gary Williams segment without a little bit of dry humor at the beginning, which is what the Hall of Fame coach did Monday on CSN while discussing the transfer of former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon to Maryland.

“When I was coaching,” he said with a smirk, “you couldn’t transfer within the ACC, so you didn’t have to worry about that.”

But thanks to realignment, that once unthought-of shift can occur and Sulaimon is now the newest member of the Terrapins.

As Williams went on to analyze the signing, he said Maryland is undoubtedly getting a talented player but that’s not the biggest piece of the situation.

“What you want is somebody to come in and give you something that you don’t have, a piece of the puzzle that might put you over the top,” he said.

“Maryland returns a very good basketball team. Without Sulaimon, they’d be picked Top 5 in the country for sure. The question becomes what does he add to the team and can he make them better?”

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From all indications, it seems as though the answer is yes.

By bringing in Sulaimon, Maryland now has a defensive stopper on the wing that it lost with the graduations of Dez Wells and, to a lesser extent, Richaud Pack.

Whatever scoring Sulaimon provides is an added benefit to the defense Maryland expects him to bring against likely the opposition’s best scorer every night.

Then there’s the other piece of the equation. Sulaimon was dismissed from Duke. Maryland is a team whose chemistry made up for some major holes last season. How will they mesh?

“As long as he can add to the chemistry or keep the chemistry the game, it’s a positive thing,” Williams said.

“Teams are funny. Talent’s really important, but chemistry’s very important. The way you play when it comes to big games and things get tough at the end, your chemistry has a lot to do with whether you win those games or not because if you trust each other, that’s the most important thing.”

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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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