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Turgeon: Playing in Baltimore about more than just recruiting

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Turgeon: Playing in Baltimore about more than just recruiting

Baltimore has plenty of basketball talent at the grassroots level, but that’s not what Saturday’s game against Princeton at Royal Farms Arena will be about for Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon.

It’s going to be about the people in the seats.

“We recruit Baltimore. We’re going to continue to recruit Baltimore,” he said during a conference call on Friday. “We’re going to hopefully have plenty of Baltimore players in our system in the future.

“But our fans, I go over to Baltimore, the fans over there make me feel great. I go to an Orioles game or a Ravens game, there’s tons of Maryland fans over there so this is for them, their town, come over there, bring the Terps to Baltimore.”

Efforts of late by the university have attempted to extend the brand northward, with the football team playing at M&T Bank Stadium against West Virginia in 2013 and against Penn State in 2015.

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At the time earlier this year, then-interim football head coach Mike Locksley echoed a lot of the same sentiments about fan engagement as Turgeon did on Friday. Prior to Saturday's game, the basketball team has not played in Baltimore since it faced Iowa during the 1999-2000 season.

There are no Maryland players currently on the roster from Baltimore, but the program has recruited there in the past. Former Terrapins guard Nick Faust, who has since transferred to Long Beach State, is from the city.

On the coaching staff, perhaps the most beloved player in program history, Juan Dixon, is a special assistant for Turgeon and a native of Baltimore.

“It’s a new environment in Baltimore. We’ll have a great crowd,” Turgeon said. “Should have our guys up and ready to play Saturday night.”

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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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