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How Will Likely ended up on offense for Maryland, too

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How Will Likely ended up on offense for Maryland, too

With the way junior Will Likely was making plays on defense and special teams, it seemed only to be a matter of time before Maryland would start using him on the offensive side of the ball.

We got a taste against Ohio State, but with interim head coach Mike Locksley taking the reins against Penn State, he really became an option. Likely carried the ball four times for 30 yards, including a 17-yard scamper, and caught another pass for four yards in the 31-30 loss.

“We’ve always had kind of a Will package the last couple of weeks,” Locksley said last week. “He has been … chomping at the bit to get involved offensive and as an offensive guy, having another weapon like a Will being able to get the ball to him was something that I was interested in.

“Once Randy [Edsall] gave us the go-ahead, we started building a package for him and each week we carry the package and then because he’s been doing it a couple of weeks now, we’ve been able to add a few things in there.”

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It’s the sort of variety that adds spice to a team that has undergone a renewal since their bye week and the firing of Edsall. The offense is more open and free. Players are trying to keep the atmosphere more loose.

After the game against Ohio State, Likely said when talking to the media that he was unsure whether or not he would be seeing more snaps on that side of the ball. He said he was simply trying to help his team.

Locksley is glad to accommodate.

“I think you’ll see him in there not just in red zone but maybe throw him in there when we need a play made or just to find a way to create a spark for us on offense,” Locksley said.

“He’s a guy that makes plays for us. We played a lot of players. I am a big believer that we have to continue to play a lot of guys.”

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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.