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If Maryland box scores resemble win over Mount, Terps in good place

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If Maryland box scores resemble win over Mount, Terps in good place

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland’s offensive scheme is a machine that takes in a bunch of factors and spits out a result. When it’s humming along, the ball movement, screening, and transition motion find a player in a given position on the floor -- whoever it is, wherever it is -- and gets them a shot.

It could be Melo Trimble on a drive to the rim or Jared Nickens on a trailing three or Jake Layman coming off a screen or Diamond Stone in an isolation in the post or Damonte Dodd on a dunk off a dish from Rasheed Sulaimon. The machine whirs and whoever it chooses, the shot tends to be a good one and it creates box scores like we saw in Friday night’s 80-56 Maryland victory over Mount St. Mary’s.

Five players scored in double figures and gave us a glimpse of what the offense for the No. 3 Terrapins could be this season. Will we see more of this type of offensive distribution as the year goes on?

“I hope so,” head coach Mark Turgeon said after the game. “That’s the way it’s set up to be and we’re hard to guard because we have so many guys that can do things.”

The five players in double figures didn’t even include shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon, who shifted more into the role of a distributor with five assists to go along with his five points. Turgeon, though, said the Duke transfer is “going to have nights where he’s in double figures” as well.

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Sophomore Michal Cekovsky missed being in that double-digit group by just one basket, finishing with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting.

“Teams have to worry about so many guys that if one guy is hot, they’re going to worry about him and then another guy will get hot,” senior Jake Layman, who finished with a team-high 16 points, said.

“It’s going to be nice to have that all year.”

After the season-opening win against a mid-major, Maryland gets an early test on Saturday when this type of well-distributed scoring will be key.

Georgetown awaits on Tuesday at XFINITY Center and the Terrapins hope the offensive production comes along with it.

“If we can average five guys in double figures,” Turgeon said, “then we’ve got something going.”

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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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