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Why Stone is officially back in the starting lineup going forward

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Why Stone is officially back in the starting lineup going forward

Mark Turgeon’s decision to re-insert freshman Diamond Stone into the starting lineup against Iowa this week was not a spur-of-the moment decision.

After Maryland topped the Hawkeyes, 74-68, on Thursday night in College Park, Turgeon said it was a long time in the making and that Stone had been ready to start again for about the last five games.

Now, Turgeon said during a conference call on Saturday afternoon, Stone will be there for the foreseeable future.

“He has inserted himself into the starting lineup and you saw us using him on offense and Damonte on defense,” Turgeon said. “As long as he continues to improve, which he is, I think it helps everybody if he’s in our starting lineup.”

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But a few of the same troubles that plagued Stone last time he was a full-time starter showed again early on.

Iowa center Adam Woodbury had five points through the first four minutes of the game as the Hawkeyes worked the ball inside. Stone picked up an early foul and was out of the game by the under-16 timeout.

Turgeon realizes that.

“I think the only way he’s going to get better is if he just goes through those situations,” he said. “Obviously it wasn’t the best start for him with foul trouble and all that, but he’s getting better staying out as the game went on and I think as he gets used to that starting experience … he’ll get better with it. He just needs the experience.”

At this point in the season, though, a team's best players have to play the most minutes and Stone is unquestionably a part of that. From an efficiency perspective, he is one of the most valuable players on Maryland's roster. 

In just over 20 minutes per game, he is posting 13 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the free throw line. The hope is that his efficiency persists as the minutes load is increased.

Maryland faces Ohio State on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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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."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.