Going for it: VCU's Mo Alie-Cox reportedly will hold NFL workouts as a tight end

Going for it: VCU's Mo Alie-Cox reportedly will hold NFL workouts as a tight end

Mo Alie-Cox has been a fan-favorite on the VCU basketball team for four years. The senior forward played in his last NCAA basketball game when the No. 10 Rams lost to No. 7 St. Mary's in the first round of the tournament. 

Now, the 23-year-old is looking to make two big jumps at the same time: Going pro and switching sports. According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Alie-Cox has alerted NFL teams that he'll be holding a workout as a tight end in April. 

The idea doesn't sound so crazy once you consider that Alie-Cox stands 6-7 and weighs 250 pounds. Not to mention he has a 7-1 wingspan and gigantic hands. 

After watching the forward play in 2015, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten told Alie-Cox that he should consider the transition to football if that interested him. 

In an inteview with CSN last November, then-VCU head coach Will Wade said he'd received calls from NFL teams and scouts about Alie-Cox.

Alie-Cox himself explained that he started playing football back in second grade and loved the game, but was focused on basketball until the season ended. 


Aaron Wiggins and Darryl Morsell debate Jalen Smith's top moment at Maryland on Instagram

Aaron Wiggins and Darryl Morsell debate Jalen Smith's top moment at Maryland on Instagram

With Jalen Smith declaring for the NBA Draft, his short, but highlight-packed two-year career at the University of Maryland has come to an end.

The departure was expected, and now Maryland fans are left with memories of some magical moments that "Stix" was a part of. On Thursday, the Maryland Basketball Instagram account posted a few photos of Smith during his Terps career, asking followers to comment on what their favorite moment was.

Plenty left answers, but one debate between two users stood out. Aaron Wiggins and Darryl Morsell, teammates with Smith at Maryland, weighed in with what they believed was the best highlight from the All-American.

Wiggins led off suggesting it was Smith's huge double-double in a road win over Northwestern this past season. 

"Northwestern game. He changed the game and our season! 25 and," he wrote.

A perfectly valid answer, Morsell did not agree. The guard felt it was Smith's rim-rocking dunk against Belmont in the Terps NCAA Tournament win over Belmont during the 2018-19 season.

Wiggins came back with the point that Smith's Northwestern game not only included a crazy stat line but featured the big man silencing the crowd and helping Maryland complete a 14-point comeback. 

Persuasive, Morsell wasn't ready to give in, stating that the dunk came in Smith's first-ever NCAA Tournament game and the poster was on a senior. 

The two continued back-and-forth, reminiscing on the two special moments.

In the end, that's exactly what they were. Two special moments that show the strength of Smith's career as a Terp. A double-double in a win that changed the course of the season, and a dunk that earned Smith a spot in "One Shining Moment."

When it comes to the best moment for "Stix" in a Maryland uniform, there is more than one right answer.


Maryland misses out on impact transfer as PG Bryce Aiken picks Seton Hall

Maryland misses out on impact transfer as PG Bryce Aiken picks Seton Hall

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

For the second time this transfer cycle, Maryland found themselves near the top of the list of finalists for an elite, instant-impact transfer point guard to replace the graduating Anthony Cowan Jr. in the Terps backcourt. For the second time this transfer cycle, they fell just short.

Bryce Aiken, the dynamic point guard from Harvard who scored 33 points against Maryland in November, announced Thursday afternoon that he would be staying local to play for his hometown Seton Hall Pirates.

Maryland was in Aiken's final four schools and could have really used his added scoring punch, but ultimately he was swayed by the idea of staying home. According to basketball writer Adam Zagoria, Aiken was torn between Maryland and Seton Hall right up until the very end, but decided to go elsewhere.

The Terps are set to return a strong core of veteran wing players in Eric Ayala, Aaron Wiggins, Darryl Morsell and Donta Scott, but they are still looking to replace Jalen Smith in the frontcourt and Cowan in the backcourt. They are currently involved with Yale graduate transfer Jordan Bruner, who named the Terps in his final three schools and would fill Smith's spot as the top big man on the market. He is expected to announce his decision soon.

Head coach Mark Turgeon is also pursuing Michigan transfer David DeJulius, who has a connection to the Terps in his former assistant coach and current Maryland assistant DeAndre Haynes. It's unclear if DeJulius will receive immediate eligibility, potentially still leaving the Terps without an obvious replacement at guard beyond Ayala and incoming freshmen Marcus Dockery and Aquan Smart.