Fifty college basketball players across the country were named to the Naismith Trophy Watch List on Wednesday afternoon.
For the third straight season a Maryland Terp was listed as a player to contend for the coveted award. Sophomore Justin Jackson was named to list along with the nation’s best. He was one of eight sophomores to get the recognition.
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The Naismith Trophy Award is given to the top Player of the Year throughout all of Division I college basketball. There will be a mid-season team released in February trimming down to the top 30 players before selecting the honoree in April.
Last season in the Terrapins 24-9 season, Jackson was a huge part in getting the team to the NCAA Tournament as a freshman. Leading the team in rebounds (6.0 per game) and finishing second and points (10.5 per game), the 6-7 forward is primed for another stellar season.
This year Jackson will be playing without one of the best to play in College Park, Melo Trimble. Pairing Jackson with fellow sophomore Anthony Cowan Jr., it is fair to say the offense will be split between those two. Being a threat from all over the court, defenses will have trouble containing.
Additionally, Jackson was a selection to the All-Big Ten preseason team and named to the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year watch list.
Maryland tips-off their 2017-18 campaign in New York against Stony Brook on Friday night.
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.
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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