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Turgeon: 'We’re not playing like the No. 2 team in the country'

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Turgeon: 'We’re not playing like the No. 2 team in the country'

Maryland rose to No. 2 in the nation in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll thanks to North Carolina’s loss to Northern Iowa last week. But that doesn’t mean that Mark Turgeon thinks his team is flawless.

“We know we’re not playing like the No. 2 team in the country,” he said on his weekly radio show. “We understand that. We understand there’s a lot of really good teams.”

That is what will make this year in college basketball so unpredictable. Looking at the field now there are, what, nine or ten teams who could make a case for a No. 1 seed come tournament time? Teams will rise to No. 1 and lose, as North Carolina did. There is no one dominant team.

In all honesty, this Maryland team likely will not hit its peak until January or so.

“We understand we’re a work in progress,” Turgeon said. “I’m still trying to figure this team out. It’s been a process.”

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The injury to guard Dion Wiley was a curveball and it undid some of the progress the team had made after trying to make up ground that was lost by not being together for much of the summer.

Small lineups are less feasible for long stretches and how to lift the minutes burden on Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon is among the biggest questions remaining with this team. All of that comes as five-star freshman Diamond Stone continues to get more comfortable with the college game.

“Hopefully these two games [in the Cancun Challenge] back-to-back will allow me to become a better coach with this group, but I don’t think we’re feeling that pressure anymore,” Turgeon said.

“We realize we have a good team and we’re playing against a lot of good teams and we just got to do the best we can.”

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Kevin Huerter's fast rise continues into draft night

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Kevin Huerter's fast rise continues into draft night

After two short years in College Park, Kevin Huerter is hopeful his name will be called during tonight's first round of the 2018 NBA Draft. 

The Clifton Park, N.Y. native has a chance to become the first Maryland player to be selected in the first round since Alex Len went No. 5 overall to the Phoenix Suns following his sophomore year in 2013. 

Huerter has long been consistent in his pursuit of excelling in the sport he loves. 

It began in high school, where he led Shen to its first state championship while setting the state scoring record. 

Then, as a senior, Huerter was named Mr. Basketball in the state of New York. 

From smalltown upstate N.Y. to receiving over 20 offers and ultimately signing with Maryland, Huerter never looked back. 

The 19-year-old earned a starting spot right out of the gate his freshman season averaging 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. 

In between his freshman and sophomore seasons, Huerter was selected to the United States team for the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup coached by Jeff Van Gundy. 

Using that experience combined with an elevated offseason workout plan, he saw his production go up during his sophomore season scoring 14.8 points per game while en route to being named honorable mention All-Big Ten. 

After toying with whether or not he should leave Maryland, his father tweeted this out: 

Playing basketball with his talented younger sisters while trying to make the most difficult decision of his young life. That is Kevin Huerter in a nutshell. 

Fast forward to last month's NBA Combine in Chicago. Huerter chose to attend, seeing it as another opportunity to showcase his skills.

As a result, he saw his stock rise after showcasing his athleticism and sharp shooting, including a drill where he went 15 of 15 from 3-point range. 

According to Drew Zlogar, former teammate of Huerter's at Shenendehowa High School and current Digital and Social Content Publisher for the NBA, Huerter turned down a Barclays Center invite from the league to instead host a watch party of his own at a local country club in Clifton Park, N.Y., where he will be surrounded by family, friends and former high school teammates. 

As far as when Huerter is expected to come off the board, different scenarios continue to arise. 

If there's one thing for sure, it's that the former 3-star recruit is now an-almost guaranteed first round draft pick. 

Huerter has been known for his mild-mannered personality and cool-under-pressure aura about him in big moments. 

But the big man with a chip on his shoulder? That could be a scary thing for future opponents of the sharpshooter. 

Watch where Huerter goes in tonight's NBA Draft tonight at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. 

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."