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Why one 'wish list candidate' won't come to Maryland

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Why one 'wish list candidate' won't come to Maryland

If you’re a college football program with an open coaching position, looking for a young coach with ties to a major program there might not be a hotter name than Houston’s Tom Herman.

After helping to guide Ohio State to the 2015 national title as the team’s offensive coordinator, the 40-year-old Herman took the head coaching job at Houston and has the Cougars ranked in the Top 25 and off to a 5-0 start in his first season.

And they’re doing all of that while scoring 45 points per game, good for fourth in the nation.

Maryland has a head coaching vacancy, of course. But according to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, during an interview with ESPN 980 on Thursday, Herman to College Park is a long shot.

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“I think Tom Herman knows if not this year, next year I’m going to have some really, really good options and I don’t think he’s going to look and go Maryland,” he said.

“As much as there’s good on the table, I think you’d also look at it and go, ‘Well, you’re always going to be probably the fifth-best football power in that division.’ You already got the two Michigan schools, you’ve got Ohio State, and you’ve got Penn State.”

Feldman is right. If he finishes strong at Houston and has another strong year next season, he can have the pick of his jobs after the 2016 season. Who knows what will open up?

For as many resources as Maryland has and the amount of money they might be willing to dish out, the point about the Big Ten East rings true. If you struggle because of uncontrollable circumstances at your first big job, that sets you on a tough path for the remainder of your career.

There is no need for Herman to rush and job offers won’t dry up for him if this trajectory continues. So perhaps College Park won’t move the needle for Herman this season.

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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.