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UNC alum Antawn Jamison: Maryland 'couldn't handle the ACC'

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UNC alum Antawn Jamison: Maryland 'couldn't handle the ACC'

Antawn Jamison starred at the University of North Carolina, where he won National Player of the Year honors in 1998 under famed coach Dean Smith. Jamison brought the Tar Heels to a Final Four but did not win a title in Chapel Hill, one of the few things he regrets from his basketball career, before going onto a 15-year NBA run.

Tuesday night marks Jamison's debut working with CSN as part of the Wizards broadcast team when Washington plays LeBron James and the Cavs, but that did not keep the North Carolina native from speaking his mind in advance of No. 2 Maryland's game against the No. 9 Tar Heels. 

"When it comes to Carolina basketball, one thing I will say, Roy [Williams] will definitely have his guys ready, especially if it’s a big game," Jamison said.

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For 50 years, Maryland faced North Carolina in a number of big games. While the meetings were often must-see affairs, they were also routine. That's no longer the case since Maryland left the Atlantic Coast Conference for the greener - financially anyway - pastures of the Big Ten two seasons ago. When Maryland plays in the Dean Dome Tuesday night, it will be the first time the two teams will meet not as conference opponents. 

"Y’all got scared because y’all couldn’t handle the ACC so y’all had to go to a different conference," Jamison said of Maryland. "We won’t hold that against y’all."

Fighting words? Perhaps. But Jamison was also quick to tell a story of losing at home in his final season at Carolina to a Gary Williams coached Terps team that starred Laron Profit and Obinna Ekezie.

"My last year y’all actually beat us in the Dean Dome," he explained. "I used to see Laron and we’d talk about that so we’re going to get this one (Tuesday), I’m very confident."

As for Tuesday's game, Jamison remained sure of the Heels despite a November loss to Northern Iowa.

"I don’t recognize those type of losses, because I knew they played but I was watching the football game, and you know we almost lost to Virginia Tech that day in football and then I got a call from a friend, and he was like ‘Man, how the Tar Heels lose?’ And I’m like, ‘What’s he talking about? We came back and won.’ He said, ‘Not football, I’m talking about basketball.’"

Jamison's story makes sense. On November 21, the Heels travelled to Iowa for a basketball game while in football Carolina travelled to Virginia Tech. The basketball game was expected to be a washout, No. 1 at the time, UNC likely only scheduled the game to let star point guard Marcus Paige play near his hometown, where the football team's win over VT locked up a berth in the ACC Championship game. In the end, only the football team won as the Northern Iowa Panthers dropped the Heels 71-67.

Still, whatever game Jamison watched, the basketball result counted, and dropped the Heels from the top spot in the country.

"I think the Northern Iowa game, that’s a tough place to play. You know, you go into Iowa, there’s nothing to do but watch Carolina play," Jamison said. "Hopefully they learn from their mistakes and it doesn’t happen again."

As for the matchup with Maryland, Jamison thinks it should be another great game for the Terps and the Heels. Just not as conference foes. 

"We’re going to welcome y’all back to the ACC like we always do."

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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.