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.
Maryland's future defense is in the running for a huge boost on Wednesday.
Flowers High School defensive tackle Tommy Akingbesote posted on Twitter on Tuesday that he will be announcing his commitment at 6 P.M. on Wednesday. According to 247sports.com, the race is between the Terps and Virginia Tech - though a myriad of other schools are also listed as possibilities.
Terps coach Mike Locksley has already had two 4-star defensive linemen commit: Demeioun Robinson from Quince Orchard is ranked third in the state and 58th in the country overall. And another Flowers player, Marcus Bradley, who is ranked 9th in the state and No. 186 in the country is heading to College Park.
Akingbesote is ranked 16th in the state according to 247Sports.com's rankings.
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MORE NCAA NEWS:
DMV college lacrosse fans looking to re-live the glory days of UVA and Maryland's programmings are in luck on Monday. ESPNU and the ACC Network are airing a slew of title games including Maryland men's 2017 title and Maryland women's battle against North Carolina.
Here's the schedule for Monday, May 25 (in EST):
NCAA MEN'S LACROSSE
12:00 PM North Carolina vs. Maryland (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
2:00 PM Maryland vs. Denver (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
2:00 PM Notre Dame vs. Duke (Championship) Channel: ACC Network
4:00 PM Notre Dame vs. Duke (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
6:00 PM #5 Yale vs. #3 Virginia (Championship) Channel: ACC Network
6:00 PM Ohio State vs. Maryland (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
8:05 PM Duke vs. Yale (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
10:00 PM #5 Yale vs. #3 Virginia (Championship) Channel: ESPNU
10:00 PM North Carolina vs. Maryland (Championship) Channel: ACC Network
NCAA WOMEN'S LACROSSE
8:00 PM North Carolina vs. Maryland (Championship) Channel: ACC Network