CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Maryland guard Rasheed Sulaimon was loudly booed by fans at the Dean E. Smith Center every time he touched the basketball on Tuesday night in Chapel Hill.
Every. Single. Time.
It is to be expected, to some extent, for a former Duke Blue Devil who was returning to play North Carolina in the jersey of the team that is perhaps a close second in terms of evoking feelings of displeasure from the Tar Heel fan base.
But Sulaimon was even-keeled and vital to Maryland’s ability to go shot-for-shot with North Carolina, tallying 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range despite Maryland’s 89-81 loss.
“He’s used to it. He played on the team that’s the most hated team in America everywhere he went,” head coach Mark Turgeon said postgame. “He probably thrived on it. I thought he was terrific.”
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Complementing sophomore guard Melo Trimble, Sulaimon was what Maryland did not have in big games last season -- a guard who can take primary ball handling duties off of Trimble’s plate while being a scoring threat capable of commanding the defense’s attention by himself.
“It would be hard to say I tuned it out because it’s 20,000-plus people,” Sulaimon said. “That’s exactly what the crowd wanted me to do, to make it a personal vendetta and get me out of my game so I just tried to totally invest in our team and whatever the team needed me to do to help us win tonight.”
Without Sulaimon, this will have been an entirely different season for Maryland. His poise and ability to almost immediately assimilate himself into this team when joining it fully in the middle of the summer.
Maryland faces St. Francis on Friday in College Park.
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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