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Turgeon: With bench woes, yes and no to possible lineup change

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Turgeon: With bench woes, yes and no to possible lineup change

COLLEGE PARK -- Over the past two games, both Maryland losses, the Terrapins’ bench has produced just six total points on 3-of-12 shooting as a unit.

For a team with NCAA title hopes, the lack of second-unit production on the offensive end is approaching a major concern if it is not already. That brought up the question Saturday -- could Diamond Stone be headed back to the role as a sixth man to bring a spark off the bench?

“No, I don’t think so,” head coach Mark Turgeon said before going on to praise junior Damonte Dodd for the job he did filling in for Stone during his suspension vs. Minnesota.

Stone will be back against Michigan and after initially dismissing the idea, Turgeon went on to at least leave the door ajar for some sort of change to take place in the starting lineup.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do as far as starting tomorrow,” he said. “I love my team. Nothing’s changed. I’m starting to really settle in on my rotation a little bit, so we’ll see. We’ll see if we can match up tomorrow or not.”

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It’s unclear exactly how settled the rotation is, with some experimentation still taking place in the backcourt even against Minnesota. But Turgeon has long said that he likes to bring scoring off the bench and Stone blossomed earlier this season in that role.

What shifting Stone back to the bench could do immediately is split up some of the problematic frontcourt pairings that have come to be. The defensive-minded Dodd and Michal Cekovsky on the floor at the same time means no true pick-and-roll threat for point guard Melo Trimble to work with, limiting the offensive options.

By splitting up Stone and Robert Carter, Jr. more often, there could always be one pick-and-roll threat on the floor to supplement Dodd or Cekovsky.

Add to that the fact that Stone has progressed from a near defensive liability to a true defensive asset over the course of his freshman season and that end of the floor is less of a worry for Turgeon.

“Diamond can score for us. He’s a presence down there [in the post],” Turgeon said. “He’s gotten so much better defensively, so we’ll see. Our bench is our bench. Our team is our team. We’ve just got to do the best we can.”

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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.

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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Panthers' first-round pick D.J. Moore visits Maryland with his new puppy

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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