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Maryland lands commitment from 2021 four-star guard Ike Cornish

Maryland lands commitment from 2021 four-star guard Ike Cornish

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon received some good news early Wednesday afternoon, as guard Ike Cornish, a consensus four-star prospect in the 2021 class, announced his commitment to the Terps.

"I'm extremely grateful for all the coaches that have been involved in my recruiting process," Cornish said in the video. "With that being said, I have decided to commit to the University of Maryland."

Cornish is the second four-star prospect that has committed to the Terps in just a matter of weeks. Just last month, Maryland landed four-star power forward Julian Reese, the program's first commitment of the 2021 class.

The 6-foot-6 guard is ranked the 77th best player in the country and the 14th best shooting guard, according to 247Sports. Cornish chose the Terps over Rutgers, Georgetown, DePaul and George Washington. The guard's pledge to the Terps is a big get for Turgeon, as Maryland missed out on four-star forward Benny Williams last week.

Cornish, who plays his high school ball in South Carolina, is originally a Baltimore native. Having the chance to play close to home at Maryland certainly influenced the guard's decision to commit to the Terps.

"Part of my decision was about having my family able to see me play, but it was also about Coach Turgeon being in consistent contact with me and needing a player with my skillset," Cornish told 247Sports.

Cornish is the latest of many top recruits from Baltimore that have committed to the Terps recently. Two of Maryland's starters from a year ago, Jalen Smith and Darryl Morsell, are both Baltimore natives. Reese, the Terps other commitment from the 2021 class, is also a native of the Charm City.

Cornish also mentioned his close relationship with Terps assistant coach Bino Ranson as a reason for picking Maryland.

After Cornish's commitment, Maryland now has the fifth-best 2021 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports' rankings.

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Maryland's Big Ten title hopes go through Iowa as star Luka Garza to return for senior season

Maryland's Big Ten title hopes go through Iowa as star Luka Garza to return for senior season

The Maryland Terrapins men's basketball program clinched a share of the Big Ten regular-season title this past season, the first time the team has accomplished the feat since joining the conference in 2014.

However, the task to repeat as conference champions became a lot more difficult on Sunday, as Iowa star Luka Garza announced his intention to return to the Hawkeyes for his senior season.

The center announced his decision on Twitter on Sunday, posting a highlight video announcing his return.

Garza, the Big Ten Player of the Year a season ago, averaged 23.9 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Hawkeyes. With the 6-foot-11 center returning to Iowa, the Hawkeyes are certainly the team to beat in the conference entering the season.

The Terps already had an uphill battle to repeat as Big Ten champs, as the team's two best players from a season ago are no longer with the team. Point guard Anthony Cowan graduated from the university after a stellar four-year career, while sophomore center Jalen Smith decided to forego his final two seasons and enter the NBA Draft.

"I'm very excited to be back with my teammates and look towards winning a National Championship, winning a Big Ten championship," Garza said. "We have big goals in mind."

The news is tough for Maryland fans, as Garza is one of the many players in recent years that played their high school ball in the DMV before heading to college elsewhere. Garza, who played his high school basketball at the Maret School in Washington, D.C. just nine miles south from College Park, was never offered a scholarship by Terps head coach Mark Turgeon.

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Report: Pac-12 players threaten to sit out entire 2020 season citing safety, racial injustice concerns

Report: Pac-12 players threaten to sit out entire 2020 season citing safety, racial injustice concerns

Pac-12 football players are preparing to opt-out of the 2020 season in the event that the league doesn't address a list of concerns about racial injustice, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and other demands. 

According to ESPN, the group's goal is to "obtain a written contract with the PAC-12 that legally ensures we are offered the following protections and benefits."

The complete list of protections and benefits was not made public, however, it's been reported that "safe play amid the pandemic, fighting racial injustice, securing economic rights and fair compensation, protecting all sports and obtaining long-term health insurance," are a few of them. 

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The Pac-12 issued a statement Saturday stating that it has yet to hear from the group — the players plan to make a public "statement of unity" and a full list of their demands as early as Sunday through traditional and social media. 

"Neither the Conference nor our university athletics departments have been contacted by this group regarding these topics," a Pac-12 statement said. "We support our student-athletes using their voice and have regular communications with our student-athletes at many different levels on a range of topics. As we have clearly stated with respect to our fall competition plans, we are, and always will be, directed by medical experts, with the health, safety and well being of our student athletes, coaches and staff always the first priority. We have made it clear that any student athlete who chooses not to return to competition for health or safety reasons will have their scholarship protected."

The Pac-12 announced its 10-game, conference-only schedule for the 2020 season on Friday.

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