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What star Marcus Paige's reported return means vs. Terps

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What star Marcus Paige's reported return means vs. Terps

North Carolina star and All-American candidate Marcus Paige will reportedly make his season debut on Tuesday against Maryland in Chapel Hill, according to Andy Katz of ESPN.com.

Paige has yet to play a game this season after breaking a bone in his hand before the start of the year. 

Reports last week had said that Paige was "very close" to returning and his original timetable appeared to put him back sometime around the Maryland game, so considering the stakes of a No. 2 vs. No. 9 matchup, it's not surprising that Paige is scheduled to be on the floor.

The question that follows is how healthy Paige feels. If anyone knows about star players getting injured and still working toward full health even after being cleared to play, it's Maryland. Star guard Dez Wells returned from a wrist injury last season but was not back to his all-conference self for several weeks.

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“The basketball part – the passing, catching, dribbling, all that stuff feels good now,” Paige told the News & Observer last week. “Now it's just a matter if (the hand) hits somebody or if I fall, is it in a good-enough place healing-wise to not be affected by that?"

If Paige is playing at a high level -- or even slightly less, considering his talent -- he changes what North Carolina can do offensively. He is an elite scorer and outside shooter, which spaces the floor and makes everything else easier for the Tar Heels. 

UNC's young guards were solid in his absence and perhaps that will help them down the line, having had to be thrown into the fire for major minutes without him, but the team shot 32 percent from three-point range. 

Paige, a career 38 percent three-point shooter, will help. 

In addition, this is largely a North Carolina team with few seniors and a handful of younger players in key spots. It showed in the second half of the team's loss to Northern Iowa. Paige brings leadership and stability.

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Maryland's Kevin Huerter surprises at 2018 NBA Combine

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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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