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Maryland women's assistant resigns after charge of sex abuse

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Maryland women's assistant resigns after charge of sex abuse

COVINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Maryland said Friday that an assistant women's basketball coach had resigned following his suspension after a player he coached at Xavier accused him of groping her.

The school released a statement from head women's basketball coach Brenda Frese about Bryce McKey, hours after his arraignment in northern Kentucky.

"It is best that Bryce tend to his personal matters and step away from coaching at this time," Frese said.

She had announced his hiring for her staff in April, after he served four years as an assistant coach at Xavier.

Earlier Friday, a Kenton County, Kentucky, prosecutor said McKey's attorney entered a not guilty plea for him on a charge of third-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Sept. 8.

McKey's attorney, Harry Hellings of Covington, said they couldn't say much about the case without knowing more about the allegations.

"We haven't seen anything that substantiates the charges," Hellings said.

A phone message was left at the office of McKey, who didn't attend Friday's hearing.

According to a sworn affidavit, the Xavier player said McKey asked her to come to his home in Covington in May. She said he repeatedly touched her inappropriately during the evening.

She "states her relationship with McKey has strictly been a coach/player relationship and she wanted no romantic involvement and his actions were not welcomed," according to the affidavit. The Associated Press does not typically identify people who may have been sexually abused.

The woman is still a Xavier player. University spokeswoman Kelly Leon said McKey was not a Xavier employee at the time of the alleged offense, and she referred other questions to Covington police.

Covington Police Chief Bryan Carter confirmed that police have been investigating McKey but declined to discuss details.

Chief Prosecutor Charles Vaughn, of the Kenton County Attorney's Office, said McKey was ordered to have no contact with the player but declined to comment further.

A court clerk official said McKey is not allowed within 500 feet of the player, the campus or Xavier events.

University of Maryland spokesman Zack Bolno had said Friday morning that McKey was suspended indefinitely.

McKey had befriended the player's family over several years, and they had entrusted their daughter to Xavier and McKey, the player's attorney said after court.

"We are here to suggest and say: 'No more,' and to put an end to this type of abuse," said attorney Walter Madison, who was accompanied by members of the player's family.

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

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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.