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Looking at Maryland's future depth chart after 4-star's commitment

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Looking at Maryland's future depth chart after 4-star's commitment

Four-star New York guard Kevin Huerter committed to Maryland on Monday, the second backcourt commitment for the Terrapins in the class of 2016. How does he fit into the mix? Take a look at the rough depth chart below.

For the sake of the chart, the year classifications listed are for the start of the 2016-17 season. Also identified are players who will have exhausted their eligibility the year prior and players who could possibly have already left early for the NBA after the 2015-16 season.

Graduated

Rasheed Sulaimon (graduate transfer, shooting guard)

Jake Layman (senior, small forward)

Projected roster

Point guard: Melo Trimble (junior, possible NBA) | Jaylen Brantley (junior) | Anthony Cowan (freshman)

Shooting guard: Dion Wiley (junior) | Kevin Huerter (freshman)

Small forward: Jared Nickens (junior)

Power forward: Robert Carter (senior, possible NBA) | Ivan Bender (sophomore)

Center: Diamond Stone (sophomore, possible NBA) | Michael Cekovsky (junior) | Damonte Dodd (senior) 

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Analysis

Huerter has spent much of his high school career handling the basketball, but Maryland already has two strong point guard options, even if we assume Trimble leaves for the NBA after his sophomore season. That means he likely shifts to shooting guard where Wiley will likely assume the starting role.

Head coach Mark Turgeon said last season that Wiley was still most comfortable coming off the bench. With Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon in the fold for this season, Wiley gets another opportunity to come off the bench for a season.

Huerter can play both guard spots, with the vision to run the point or the shooting touch to play on the wing.

Turgeon has not been shy about mixing up his guard looks in the past, including last year when Richaud Pack took on some point guard duties so Trimble could be moved to the wing without needing to initiate the offense. Huerter provides some of that versatility.

Maryland will not be done in the class of 2016. With the threat of perhaps the entire starting five heading to the NBA, five-stars like Wenyen Gabriel and Josh Jackson are still squarely on Maryland's radar.

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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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