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How Maryland compensates for loss of Dion Wiley after surgery

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How Maryland compensates for loss of Dion Wiley after surgery

Maryland sophomore guard Dion Wiley will undergo surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee and the timetable for his return is not yet exactly known.

As difficult as it is to lose a player before even playing a regular-season game, Wiley’s injury comes at a time when Maryland can best adjust and on a team that has the depth to absorb the hit, regardless of how much time he misses.

Without Wiley, Maryland has four guards it can now rotate through the two guard positions, counting Jared Nickens as one of those players after he started at shooting guard in the team’s exhibition win over Southern New Hampshire.

Melo Trimble, Rasheed Sulaimon, Jalen Brantley, and Nickens give Maryland three legitimate ball handlers and a big-time spot-up shooter, not to mention that Trimble, Sulaimon, and Brantley can all move off the ball themselves and hit shots.

Head coach Mark Turgeon said after Friday’s game that, were Wiley healthy, Brantley would have played less. With the injury, just expect more to be asked of Brantley, but realize that Maryland goes from being a solid 10 players deep to now (just) nine.

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For now, it solves what was going to be an impending minutes question while leaning on players who are capable of taking on more responsibilities.

This is where the offseason addition of Sulaimon, with all of his versatility, comes into play.

Not only is he likely the team’s best perimeter defender and a scoring threat as a slasher from the shooting guard spot, but he can distribute the basketball as well.

“He’s our best assist guy,” Turgeon said on Friday. “He shares the ball, especially when Melo’s out of the game he’ll play point. He really thinks the game well and is good and smart and makes guys around him better. 

“The best teams play two point guards. The last three national champions had two point guards on the court at the same time. I think Rasheed thinks like a point guard, so it’s good for us.”

Maryland is moving closer to positionless basketball, as least when it comes to within the micro-units of guards and forwards. Wiley’s injury takes away a shooter who has worked hard to improve his overall game, but it is versatility that will help them to compensate in the end.

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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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