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Iowa complains about feel of Maryland's basketballs after loss


Iowa complains about feel of Maryland's basketballs after loss

Shoe companies are as much of a driving force in college basketball as there is, which means that unlike the NBA, you see some minor variations when teams travel to different courts.

Enter the issue that has gotten some traction in the wake of Maryland’s 74-68 victory over No. 3 Iowa on Thursday at XFINITY Center in College Park. The Hawkeyes had some concerns about the Under Armour basketballs being used.

“It feels different. It’s heavy like a street ball, like an outside ball,” Iowa wing Peter Jok said, via the Des Moines Register. “No excuses. It does feel weird.”

This isn’t a story about basketball tampering. It is about brand variation. Iowa, a Nike school, uses Nike basketballs at home games. Kansas, an Adidas school, uses Wilson basketballs. Maryland, with Under Armour, uses Under Armour basketballs.

Teams will often practice with the brand of balls that they know they will use in the days leading up to a game. It helps to adjust the learning curve.


This isn’t new. The New York Times even wrote a piece on it back in 2012 and if the New York Times is on it, well, it’s a thing.

From that Times piece:

But the difference in basketballs from brand to brand is not insignificant. Finicky shooters and ball-handling point guards might complain if they think certain brands are too slick or too rough, or that a certain basketball’s grooves are too deep or too shallow.

Iowa struggled shooting from the floor, shooting just 43 percent overall and 21 percent from three. The heart of their offense, National Player of the Year candidate Jarrod Uthoff, was 2-of-13.

Part of that was tremendous defense from Jake Layman and Robert Carter, Jr., but he also missed some shots that he typically would have made.

In the remainder of the piece from the Register, Jok and point guard Mike Gesell brought up the issue but dismissed the importance of it on the outcome of the game.

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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.