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Trimble makes ESPN analyst look like genius with last-second stunner

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Trimble makes ESPN analyst look like genius with last-second stunner

ESPN color analyst Dan Dakich was on the call for Maryland's stunning 63-60 victory over Wisconsin in Madison on Saturday afternoon. And the thing that he kept repeating during the game's broadcast ended up being given some serious validity in the game's final seconds.

Throughout the game, Dakich continually called Terrapins sophomore Melo Trimble the "best point guard in the country” as he paced Maryland in the first half, brought them back in the second, and finally sealed it with his shot with 1.2 seconds to play. 

So let's really take a look at this. Is Trimble the nation's best point guard? In my mind, it comes down to three players at the college level who can be considered the nation's best -- Providence's Kris Dunn, North Carolina's Marcus Paige, and Trimble. 

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There is no debating that Dunn is the best NBA prospect of the three. With a 6-4 frame, an improved shooting touch, and splits of 17.7 points, 7.3 assists, and 6.3 rebounds per game, he'll be a Top 10 pick in 2016. 

Maryland saw first-hand what Marcus Paige can do, coming off a hand injury and putting up 20 points in that instant classic between the Tar Heels and Terrapins in Chapel Hill back in December. 

But let's make the case for Trimble. 

He is approaching 50/40/90 shooting splits at 48 percent from the floor, 39 percent from three, and 87 percent from the line. He has nearly doubled his assists average from last season while seeing a slight dip in turnovers per game. 

As was mentioned on the ESPN broadcast, Trimble came into Saturday averaging 1.24 points per possession out of pick-and-roll sets -- the quintessential point guard vehicle offensively -- which is best in the country. That is why head coach Mark Turgeon so vehemently defends Trimble when confronted with the idea that the sophomore is actually a shooting guard being forced to play point guard.

I asked noted Kris Dunn hype train conductor Rob Dauster of NBCSports.com who he would take if he had one game to win:

It's a tough call. All things considered, it might be a dead heat.

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Kevin Huerter's fast rise continues into draft night

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Kevin Huerter's fast rise continues into draft night

After two short years in College Park, Kevin Huerter is hopeful his name will be called during tonight's first round of the 2018 NBA Draft. 

The Clifton Park, N.Y. native has a chance to become the first Maryland player to be selected in the first round since Alex Len went No. 5 overall to the Phoenix Suns following his sophomore year in 2013. 

Huerter has long been consistent in his pursuit of excelling in the sport he loves. 

It began in high school, where he led Shen to its first state championship while setting the state scoring record. 

Then, as a senior, Huerter was named Mr. Basketball in the state of New York. 

From smalltown upstate N.Y. to receiving over 20 offers and ultimately signing with Maryland, Huerter never looked back. 

The 19-year-old earned a starting spot right out of the gate his freshman season averaging 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. 

In between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Huerter was selected to the United States team for the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup coached by Jeff Van Gundy. 

Using that experience combined with an elevated offseason workout plan, he saw his production go up during his sophomore season scoring 14.8 points per game while en route to being named honorable mention All-Big Ten. 

After toying with whether or not he should leave Maryland, his father tweeted this out: 

Playing basketball with his talented younger sisters while trying to make the most difficult decision of his young life. That is Kevin Huerter in a nutshell. 

Fast forward to last month's NBA Combine in Chicago. Huerter chose to attend, seeing it as another opportunity to showcase his skills.

As a result, he saw his stock rise after showcasing his athleticism and sharp shooting, including a drill where he went 15 of 15 from 3-point range. 

According to Drew Zlogar, former teammate of Huerter's at Shenendehowa High School and current Digital and Social Content Publisher for the NBA, Huerter turned down a Barclays Center invite from the league to instead host a watch party of his own at a local country club in Clifton Park, N.Y., where he will be surrounded by family, friends and former high school teammates. 

As far as when Huerter is expected to come off the board, different scenarios continue to arise. 

If there's one thing for sure, it's that the former 3-star recruit is now an-almost guaranteed first round draft pick. 

Huerter has been known for his mild-mannered personality and cool-under-pressure aura about him in big moments. 

But the big man with a chip on his shoulder? That could be a scary thing for future opponents of the sharpshooter. 

Watch where Huerter goes in tonight's NBA Draft tonight at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."