Maryland has kept the momentum of an NCAA tournament appearance going in the offseason, landing five-star center Diamond Stone while both Melo Trimble and Jake Layman have announced that they will be returning to College Park for their respective sophomore and senior seasons.
Those bits of news have garnered the Terrapins some national attention with another positive projection coming on Monday.
Rob Dauster of NBCSports.com ranks Maryland as the No. 2 "winner" of the offseason so far because of the addition of Stone and the retention of Trimble and Layman. He ranks them below only North Carolina (who is returning nearly everyone from last season) and slightly ahead of Providence and Big Ten foe Indiana.
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Maryland holds steady at No. 3 overall in NBCSports.com's updated preseason Top 25, which was shuffled a bit after a round of early entrants to the NBA Draft announced their intentions to go pro. In that poll, Maryland sits behind only North Carolina at No. 1 and Iowa State at No. 2.
"The Terps are going to have plenty of firepower up front," Dauster writes. "Georgia Tech transfer Carter and top ten recruit Stone will headline one of the better front lines in the Big Ten."
Maryland will contend for the Big Ten title next season, but early uncertainty has transitioned into good news for a few other schools in the conference, allowing them to make up some ground in the on-paper race.
Both Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams will be back for Indiana, plus the Hoosiers added freshman center Thomas Bryant to the mix. Michigan State also added an inside presence, five-star Caleb Swanigan, who went head-to-head against Stone in the McDonald's All-American Game. Add him to four-stars Deyonta Davis and Matt McQuaid, plus the return of Denzel Valentine and the Spartans will be in business.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.
Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.
McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.
After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.
In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."
He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."
Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business.
In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins.
The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic.
Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April.
At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff.
Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark.
In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist.
The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.