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How Turgeon used an NBA All-Star to make a point to Jared Nickens


How Turgeon used an NBA All-Star to make a point to Jared Nickens

COLLEGE PARK -- Before Saturday’s game against Ohio State, Maryland sophomore Jared Nickens had been enduring the worst shooter slump of his career. He was 4-of-26 from three-point range over his previous six games, a difficult stretch for a player who makes his living from deep.

So head coach Mark Turgeon pulled the sophomore aside after practice this week.

“You know Kyle Korver?” Turgeon asked him, referencing the Atlanta Hawks guard who is a 43 percent career three-point shooter.

“Yeah,” Nickens said.

“You know he missed 17 straight threes this year? He’s a pretty good shooter, right?” Turgeon asked rhetorically. “It happens. You just need to relax.”

That must have helped, because Nickens might now be back on track.


In Maryland’s 100-65 blowout win over Ohio State on Saturday, Nickens hit two of his three three-point attempts to finish with six points off the bench for the Terrapins. Sure, that’s a small sample size, but seeing the ball go through the net can often do a lot for such a pure shooter.

Senior Jake Layman has gone through the same sorts of stretches in his career, including offensive droughts this season. The solution can take time, but it’s rather simple.

“In games, just keep shooting the ball,” Layman said. “We’re not going to not want Jared to shoot an open shot.”

So Nickens kept shooting and here he is.

Turgeon has been more impressed with his continued development as a defender, but he knows the value the sophomore brings when some of those threes start to fall.

“We’re much more explosive when he makes shots,” Turgeon said. “It’s good to see him make a couple.”

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta


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.