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Report: Key Maryland recruiting assistant headed to Toledo

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Report: Key Maryland recruiting assistant headed to Toledo

Maryland director of player personnel Cory Robinson is leaving College Park to take a job as cornerbacks coach at Toledo, according to a report from Thayer Evans of SI.com.

Robinson joined the Terrapins in July 2015 after serving as a defensive backs coordinator at the IMG Academy in Florida. He has strong ties to the Baltimore area after coaching at both Calvert Hall (Md.) and Saint Frances Academy High School (Md.).

His hire put Maryland in the mix for five-star linebacker Rahshaun Smith, who is the No. 14 overall player in the class of 2016 according to Rivals.com. 

Earlier this month, Smith cut Maryland from the list, citing "recent staff changes" -- likely referring to Robinson moving on. 

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"I have narrowed my list of schools that I am considering," he wrote at the time. "University of Maryland is no longer a school of choice for me due to the recent staff changes that have effected [sic] my recruitment. I would like to thank the Terps and the fans of my hometown school.

"It is a tough decision, and I have tremendous respect for my state and the fans of UMD, which is why I wanted them to be the first to know."

Maryland head coach DJ Durkin has already hired a strong recruiter as its own defensive backs coach, Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, who has his own ties to the region. The former Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) coach comes to College Park from Nick Saban's staff at Alabama.

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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.

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NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

NBA Draft 2018: Atlanta Hawks draft Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter with the No. 19 overall pick

Maryland basketball's Kevin Huerter was drafted No. 19 overall Thursday night by the Atlanta Hawks.

He's the Terps' highest draft pick since the Phoenix Suns drafted Alex Len fifth overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Huerter played two seasons with Maryland, averaging 12 points, five rebounds and three assists as a Terp. He's best known for his knockdown shooting ability, as he knocked down 46.6 percent of his shots from the field, including 39.4 percent of his three-point shots. During his sophomore season, he was better than 50 percent from the field and better than 40 percent from deep.

Back in April, when Huerter first declared for the 2018 NBA Draft without an agent, it was widely assumed he was just testing the waters to get feedback from NBA scouts and would return to school for his junior season. But an outstanding performance at the NBA Combine saw his hardly existent draft stock skyrocket. Almost overnight, Huerter's name was popping up in the first round of mock drafts, and now what seemed like a no-brainer decision to return to school wasn't so clear.

On May 30, he announced that he would leave his name in the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent. He recently had surgery on a torn ligament in his hand, but is expected to miss only two months and make a full recovery by the time the 2018 NBA season starts.

With the Atlanta Hawks, Huerter should pick up right where he left off shooting in college, but can also provide high basketball IQ and sneaky athleticism. He and Trae Young join Dennis Schröder and Kent Bazemore who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season.

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