Maryland head coach says he has not set his starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game against Northwestern, but did not rule out the possibility of re-inserting Diamond Stone into the mix to begin the game.
“He’s ready to be a starter. He’s ready to finish games,” Turgeon said. “Defensively, he’s coming fast. He’s proven it. There’s other things involved too, but he’s ready.”
Aside from a clerical error against Rutgers, Stone has not started since the team’s Dec. 1 loss to North Carolina. In the weeks since, Stone has blossomed into an All-Big Ten level performer and is now averaging 13.7 points and 5.8 rebounds in just 20.7 minutes per game.
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The shift to the bench has allowed him to avoid early foul trouble and survey the game before entering. He has -- including during big comebacks against Penn State and Michigan -- started the game in the second half in place of Damonte Dodd to give the team a spark offensively.
But Tuesday may be the time when Stone’s production in the minutes he plays starts to mean that it is worth the risk of fouls to start him and play him more. His improvement defensively has also started to turn the tide and shift him from liability to asset on that end of the floor.
"It wasn't going to take nothing but time," forward Robert Carter, Jr. said of Stone's development. "Diamond, he came in as one of the best bigs in the country so just put some work in and learn what is college basketball about, put his skill set into it. He's going to be a really good player."
The last time Maryland faced Northwestern, Stone had 10 points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the floor in 22 minutes.
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.
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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