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Turgeon's latest on Melo Trimble's continually improving health

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Turgeon's latest on Melo Trimble's continually improving health

COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland sophomore Melo Trimble said prior to Saturday’s game against Wisconsin that he has been undergoing treatments to combat the heavy minutes load placed upon him so far in the Big Ten season.

It is a conference slate that has included having to overcome a back and hamstring issue that has bothered him at times even going back to his freshman season.

“I’ve been getting treatment over and over ever since the Big Ten has started,” Trimble said. “More treatment so I can be well-prepared for each game.”

The sophomore had a rare evening of unshakeable struggles against Wisconsin, going 1-of-14 from the floor and turning the ball over five times. Compounded by how grueling the Big Ten is, Trimble has played less than 35 minutes in just one game over the past calendar month (eight games) -- and that came against Division II Bowie State.

The upcoming weeks have a bit of reprieve built into them, though. The Bowie State game was scheduled during the first of two “bye” weeks in conference play, where the Terrapins will not face a Big Ten opponent during the workweek.

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The next bye will come after Sunday’s home game against Michigan.

“We’ve had some time off. We’re playing fewer games right around now,” head coach Mark Turgeon said on Wednesday. “We’re hoping that because of that, Melo’s going to get back closer to 100 percent as we head into the postseason.

“I think he’s fine. I think he’s healthy. He’s really moved well this week. Couple days this week in practice he had his speed back on defense, which was good to see. I think he’s almost 100 percent healthy.”

Trimble and the Terrapins tip off against Minnesota at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

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Huerter, the newest Hawk, introduced in Atlanta

It was just months ago that Maryland sophomore Kevin Huerter was a sure lock to return for the 2018-2019 season in College Park. 

At some point during the offseason, the 19-year-old changed his mind and decided to test his luck and enter the 2018 NBA Draft. 

After a solid performance at the Combine, Huerter began to soar up draft projection boards. 

Fast forward to the night of the Draft on June 21 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

The Clifton Park, N.Y. native declined an invite to instead be with his family, friends and former teammates at a local country club. 

After watching 18 players get their names called by Commisioner Adam Silver, this happened: 

This viral video had the 518 (Albany, N.Y. area code) basketball community buzzing about the kid who brought Shenendehowa High School its first state championship since 1987. 

Huerter enjoyed outreach from many different names throughout the sports community: 

On Monday, Huerter was officially introduced as the newest Atlanta Hawk. His father, Tom Huerter, documented part of the special day on Twitter: 

In other news, if you don't see Kevin Huerter in Summer League, don't worry. Earlier this month, Huerter learned he needed to repair torn ligaments in his right shooting hand in order to be fully ready for the start of camp. 

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk expressed his confidence in a full recovery for Huerter during the introductory press conference Monday. 

Clearly the organization is in the middle of a massive rebuild, and it's hoping that newcomers Kevin Huerter, Trae Young and Omari Spellman will be at the center of it. 

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

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NBA Draft 2018: Maryland basketball's Justin Jackson drafted by Nuggets, traded to Magic

Maryland basketball had two players drafted in one night for the second time in three years Thursday night when the Denver Nuggets picked Justin Jackson with the No. 43 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Jackson was subsequently traded to the Orlando Magic as part of a deal that brought the No. 41 overall pick, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, to Denver.

After his freshman season, in which he averaged 10.5 points and six rebounds a game while shooting 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, Jackson declared for the draft without an agent, but elected to return to Maryland for his sophomore season. But he'd play just 11 games before being shutdown for the year with a torn labrum. His draft stock was hurt, but obviously not totally erased.

He had surgery in January and ended up being the first Terp to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft back in March. Though Jackson's recovery kept him out of the NBA Combine, teams were still intrigued by what they'd seen from him in the past to be willing to take a flyer.

A 6-foot-7 forward with a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Jackson has the skill to play anywhere between the two or the four in the NBA, and the length to guard all kinds of players.

With Kevin Huerter headed to the last-place Atlanta Hawks, Maryland basketball's two draftees are slated to join last season's two worst teams in the Eastern Conference.