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Maryland gets some more national offseason love

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Maryland gets some more national offseason love

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.

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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. 

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NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft

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NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft

Maryland hoops in College Park could look drastically different next winter. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and junior Anthony Cowan have declared for the 2019 NBA draft, the team announced Monday

Declaring during the early entry period and signing with an agent, as both players intend to do, makes both Fernando and Cowan eligible to return to school should they have other ideas before the draft. 

Fernando, the 6-foot-10 forward from Angola, popped off for 22 double-doubles during the 2019-19 season while finishing with averages of 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. The 20-year-old is expected to be a first-round draft pick. 

Fernando is reportedly being represented by Priority Sports, per NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig. 

Cowan led the way for Maryland last season, finishing with his team-leading 15.6 points and 4.4 assists per game. 

The Bowie, Md. guard currently ranks t-10th in program history in assists (437) and 23rd in points (1376). He's started in every game since arriving in College Park for the 2016-17 season. 

Although the 21-year-old isn't expected to draw serious NBA attention, he's still testing the waters for professional reasons. 

Here are upcoming dates to be on the lookout for: 

April 21 - Early Entry Draft Deadline

May 14-19 - NBA Combine

May 29 - NCAA Withdrawal Deadline

June 20 - NBA Draft

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