Perhaps the greatest almost-member of the Maryland Terrapins in program history, Moses Malone, has passed away at the age of 60, ESPN and other media outlets are reporting.
Malone, who was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2001, was nearly one of the biggest recruiting coups of all-time for Maryland in 1974.
Head coach Lefty Driesell was preparing to sign the highly touted big man, who could very well have been the piece that pushed Maryland over the top after an NIT championship in 1972 and an Elite 8 appearance in 1973.
But the Utah Stars of the ABA made an offer Malone couldn't refuse and he ultimately went from high school to the pros without ever playing a game for the Terrapins.
From a detailed and enjoyable compilation of Driesell recruiting stories from Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun in 2012 in which Driesell talks about trying to convince Malone to play one year at Maryland, which he says could have boosted Malone's pro contract value the following year:
“Moses was very religious and he said that if he signed with Maryland, the Lord was going to be upset with him,” Driesell said with a laugh. “I told him that the Lord was not going to be upset if he signed for $2 million instead of $1 million. One more day and we would have had him.”
Malone would eventually go on to win an NBA title and Finals MVP with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1983. He won regular-season MVP awards in 1979, 1982, and 1983. For his career, he averaged 20.6 points and 12.2 rebounds per game.
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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