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Stefon Diggs up for 'Top Value' award and you can vote for him here


Stefon Diggs up for 'Top Value' award and you can vote for him here

Former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs has more than over-produced considering what many expected from him as a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft, catching 52 passes for 720 yards and four touchdowns for the playoff-bound Minnesota Vikings. 

Despite being the 20th wide receiver drafted in 2015, he ranked in the Top 5 in a number of major statistical categories among rookies, something highlighted in a CSN piece here from earlier this week.

But, in a phone interview with CSN after his Vikings clinched the NFC North title with a win over Green Bay, Diggs says he does not see his situation as being undervalued or slipping in the draft or being overlooked by other teams. 

"I would just say I went where I was supposed to go. Everybody's situation is different. Everybody's circumstances is different," he said. "I got drafted to the team I got drafted to when I was supposed to get drafted to them.

"I just took advantage of my opportunity. It just really was like motivation for me."


For that reason, he is one of five players nominated for the 2015 VIZIO Top Value Performer Award -- a fan vote to name the "player whose performance blew away all expectations" this season in the NFL.

He is nominated alongside Jacksonville's Allen Robinson, Atlanta's Devonta Freeman, Cleveland's Travis Benjamin, and Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor. 

To vote, click here, and select the nominee for whom you would like to cast your vote. Those who vote will be entered for a chance to win an 80" television, courtesy of VIZIO. Voting is open until Jan. 19.

Minnesota faces Seattle on Sunday in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs. 

Check back to throughout the week for more from Daniel Martin's conversation with Stefon Diggs.

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta


Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

It was just months ago that Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter was a sure lock to return for the 2018-2019 season in College Park. 

At some point during the offseason, the 19-year-old changed his mind and decided to test his luck and enter the 2018 NBA Draft. 

After a solid performance at the Combine, Huerter began to soar up draft projection boards. 

Fast forward to the night of the Draft on June 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The Clifton Park, N.Y. native declined an invite to instead be with his family, friends and former teammates at a local country club. 

After watching 18 players get their names called by Commisioner Adam Silver, this happened: 

This viral video had the 518 (Albany, N.Y. area code) basketball community buzzing about the kid who brought Shenendehowa High School its first state championship since 1987. 

Huerter enjoyed outreach from many different names throughout the sports community: 

On Monday, Huerter was officially introduced as the newest Atlanta Hawk. His father, Tom Huerter, documented part of the special day on Twitter: 

In other news, if you don't see Kevin Huerter in Summer League, don't worry. Earlier this month, Huerter learned he needed to repair torn ligaments in his right shooting hand in order to be fully ready for the start of camp. 

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk expressed his confidence in a full recovery for Huerter during the introductory press conference Monday. 

Clearly the organization is in the middle of a massive rebuild, and it's hoping that newcomers Kevin Huerter, Trae Young and Omari Spellman will be at the center of it. 

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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.