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Turgeon explains mistake that led to Stone starting vs. Rutgers

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Turgeon explains mistake that led to Stone starting vs. Rutgers

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland freshman Diamond Stone started for the first time in seven games on Wednesday night against Rutgers. It turns out, that was the result of a procedural error before the game, as hinted at postgame by senior Jake Layman without further elaboration.

But on Thursday while speaking with the media, head coach Mark Turgeon filled in the details.

“It was a mistake. It happened in the [score]book and good thing we had a good player who was ready to play,” he said. “I thought he handled it well for not being mentally prepared for it, so it happens. But it better not happen again.”

It made for an unusual scene before the game.

Stone was listed as the starting center on the XFINITY Center scoreboard and in the online scorebook available to media. Even the public address announcer introduced Stone as the starter, accompanied by a graphic featuring Stone’s picture being shown on the overhead videoboard.

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But Dodd stood up off the bench and ran through the two parallel lines of reserve players that had been formed (as usual) for the introduction ceremony. Stone was in one of those lines as if he were meant to be a reserve.

When both teams took the floor, though, Stone was the team’s starting center. He did just fine, as Turgeon said, tallying a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

“The main goal is to win so if me coming off the bench ... projects us to win, then I’ll do it,” Stone said. “If me starting makes us win, then I’ll start. So it’s pretty much whatever it takes to win.”

Expect Stone to be back coming off the bench on Saturday against Wisconsin.

What Turgeon’s adjustment to move Stone to the sixth man's role has done is shielded Stone from foul trouble while shuffling his other, more defensive-minded pieces like Dodd and Michal Cekovsky into more advantageous spots in the rotation. The result has been a more balanced team with more flexibility because there has been less foul trouble.

“What Diamond wants to be is he wants to be on the floor in a close game at the end of the game,” Turgeon said. “That means he’s arrived.

“Will we continue to do this the rest of the year? I don’t know. But right now it’s working for us.”

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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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