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Trimble gets little jab in at Kentucky during CSN interview


Trimble gets little jab in at Kentucky during CSN interview

Watch CSN's full interview with Melo Trimble in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.

COLLEGE PARK -- With so much depth on this Maryland team, there is still only one basketball to go around. That will be the challenge of head coach Mark Turgeon, dividing minutes as he sees fit and sculpting an offense that accentuates the team’s strengths against a given opponent.

It also falls to point guard Melo Trimble, who is the one who the one who orchestrates and carries out that game plan.

“It’s about winning,” Trimble told CSN on Tuesday. “At the end of the day, I don’t think we’re going to be focused on stats and who’s scoring. I think it’s about winning and knowing your roles.”

Trimble says Turgeon has talked to the team about Maryland’s 2002 national championship team and their sacrifice, which put team goals ahead of individuals but still produced pros.


“Steve Blake, his numbers went down and all the other players’ numbers went down,” Trimble said. “They just figured out a way to win and if that’s what we want to do, that’s what we have to do and it starts with me.”

After the answer Trimble gave, I interjected.

“To a certain extent, Kentucky did that last year, too.”

Trimble paused for a split second before dishing out a small jab at the Wildcats.

“But they didn’t win.”

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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.