Maryland Terps

Quick Links

Turgeon responds to talk of differences with Under Armour basketballs

fullsizerender.jpg

Turgeon responds to talk of differences with Under Armour basketballs

COLLEGE PARK -- For the second time this season, Under Armour basketballs are part of the conversation surrounding Maryland.

After Iowa players were asked about the balls following their loss to the Terrapins in College Park last month, junior Peter Jok described them as “heavy like a street ball,” but declined to tie the feel of the balls to the outcome of the game.

On Thursday, in advance of Wisconsin’s game against Maryland on Saturday, junior Badgers forward Nigel Hayes used the Under Armour basketballs as part of a larger answer to get a few well-placed jabs in at the economic model of the NCAA.

“It’s definitely different,” Hayes said of the equipment, per Madison.com. “Personally, we don’t like it too much. I don’t like the Under Armour ball whatsoever. But that’s the way this amateur sports league is set up. We’re supposed to be having fun, but all the money is in these basketballs that colleges play with. But it’s an amateur sport, we’re just here for fun. It’s not really that serious. So I guess any ball should be OK.

“Maybe we should have a universal ball like the NBA. You don’t go to the Clippers’ stadium and play with a Nike and then go to Golden State and play with a Rawlings. But in this amateur sport of college, where money isn’t the goal — it’s the student education and experience that you get — we play with a million different basketballs.”

MORE TERPS: WHY WE DON'T SEE MARYLAND IN NO. 1 SEED DISCUSSIONS

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon responded on Friday to the recent national conversation surrounding the balls after being asked whether or not he thinks the ball issue is a story.

“I don’t think it’s a story,” he said. “We played at Michigan and at Nebraska with Adidas balls and it ... took us a while to get used to it, so it is what it is. It’s the way college basketball is set up.

“You go play here, you’ve got Nike balls. You play here, you’ve got Sterling balls. You play there, it’s Adidas balls, so it’s the way the game’s set up -- until someone says, ‘You can’t. We’re all going to play with the same ball.’

“But I just think are making more out of it than they should.”

Hayes, like Jok, declined to tie any possible negative outcome to the balls.

Turgeon, pressed further on the topic, said variations in ball brands are just part of college basketball -- which could be an advantage, but an advantage that any number of teams can have.

“I always feel like when you play with a different ball than everybody else, it’s an edge,” Turgeon said. “We've played with The Rock in some places. I think it’s an edge for those teams that use it every day, so it’s an edge for us here, but we love the ball.”

Quick Links

Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

usatsi_10651810.jpg
USA TODAY Sports Images

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.

Quick Links

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

usatsi_10176123.jpg
USA TODAY Sports

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!

MORE NFL DRAFT: GRADING THE REDSKINS' DRAFT PICKS

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.

RELATED: BREAKING DOWN ALL RAVENS' DRAFT PICKS