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It's official: Maryland to the Big Ten

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It's official: Maryland to the Big Ten

After nearly 60 years as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the University of Maryland will join the Big Ten.

The decision was finalized today after the Maryland Board of Regents voted to exit the ACC and ask for acceptance in the Big Ten. The Big Ten presidents quickly accepted Maryland, and the deal was done.  The Terps will begin Big Ten play in 2014.

Speaking to the media, Maryland President Wallace Loh said that the vote to move to the Big Ten was overwhelmingly positive, and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said that the Big Ten vote was similarly overhwleming. 

Responses to Maryland's conference shift have not been nearly as overhwleming. Many fans are upset at Maryland leaving the ACC in what appears to be little more than a cash grab. The Big Ten will bring in significantly more revenue to Maryland athletics, at a time when the Terps athletic depatment desperately needs the money. Earlier this year, Maryland cut seven varisty sports and the athletic budget is running a mounting deficit.

"I came to the conclusion this was the rigth thing to do," Loh said.

He explained that the decision to leave the ACC was an incredibly difficult one, but a neccessary choice for Maryland to remain competitive in a changing college sports landscape.

"The world of the ACC as we have known it has changed," Loh said, adding that Maryland no longer plays traditional rivals like North Carolina every year in football or twice a year in basketball, which for decades had been the case. Loh said that as president his role is to do what's best for Maryland in the future, and that is moving to the Big Ten. Delany echoed Loh's comments about college sports. 

"The only thing that has been constant is the change around the country," Delany said. He added that the Big Ten is excited to welcome Maryland to its ranks.

"We don't fear the turtle, we embrace the turtle," the Big Ten commissioner said. He called the press conference "Maryland's Day" and would not comment on further Big Ten expansion. Reports show that New Jersey's state university Rutgers is expected to join the Big Ten as well. 

Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.