Maryland head coach DJ Durkin is forming his staff in College Park, which this past week included the addition of two former head coaches -- Scott Shafer from Syracuse and Mike London from Virginia.
Qadry Ismail, a CSN analyst, former NFL wide receiver, and Syracuse alumnus, joined SportsNet Central this week to talk about Shafer’s hire.
“When he was the defensive coordinator at Syracuse, I thought that he did a fine job,” he said.
“He gets guys to play fast, understand their assignments. He’s an aggressive type of defensive playcaller, so I think that that can certainly suit what’s going to be needed for Maryland to be successful -- can’t just sit back and react.
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“But, at the same time, as a head coach he was OK. He wasn’t the greatest. The 14 wins kind of prove that in the last three years.
“I know that DJ Durkin is going to be needing someone to have a good or stronger understanding of things and that’s where I think it helps to know that you got the defensive side of the ball and he also understands the demands that’s going to be on me as as head coach because he’s a former head coach.”
Watch the full segment featuring Ismail in the video player above.
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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