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


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.


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) 



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 Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.


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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time.