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How Caleb Rowe overtook Daxx Garman late in camp

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How Caleb Rowe overtook Daxx Garman late in camp

The way Maryland head coach Randy Edsall was talking about redshirt senior quarterback Caleb Rowe just four days ago, it seemed as if there were a good chance Rowe would be the team's third-string QB heading into Week 1 against Richmond.

"He knows the things that he's got to work on. He got to be more consistent," Edsall said at the time. "I mean, that's the one thing. He just hasn't been real consistent in terms of performing the way that he would be capable of performing.

"Maybe it's coming back off the injury. I'm not sure, but when you compare the three guys, they're there based on the performance and the things that we're grading."

Then something must have clicked.

In the days since Edsall said that, Rowe turned things around -- not enough to earn the starting spot but enough to make up ground between himself and Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman and pull himself into the backup spot, as reflected in the team's newest depth chart on Friday.

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Players are not available for comment until Tuesday, but Edsall spoke about the decision after the release of the news.

"The last two scrimmages, [Rowe] played really well," Edsall said. "He had a really good scrimmage the other day and did well and ended up coming out ahead.

"The one thing was it was close with all those guys, but Caleb really came on in those last two scrimmages."

Garman, who left Oklahoma State in the offseason after he lost his starting job to Mason Rudolph the season prior, is now relegated to third string for now.

Edsall said Friday that the decision to slot Garman third was not an injury consideration, meaning that he is by all accounts healthy right now. It appears Rowe simply won the backup job down the stretch.

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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.