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Maryland to face Arizona State in CBE Hall of Fame Classic semis

Posted on 06 August 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic Championship Round Matchups Set

Gary Williams to be inducted into College Basketball HOF Nov. 23

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced today the matchups for the championship round of the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic. All four games of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., will be televised live on ESPN networks. In addition, former Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams will be enshrined into the National Collegeiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City on Sunday, November 23.

On Monday, November 24, Arizona State will take on Maryland at 7:00pm ET on ESPNUfollowed by Alabama and Iowa State at 9:30pm ET on ESPN2.  On Tuesday, November 25, the consolation game will tip off at 7:00pm ET on ESPN3, followed by the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship game at 9:30pm ET on ESPNU.

The Terps are 1-1 all-time against the Sun Devils, last meeting in 1994 at the Maui Invitational. Maryland went 2-2 in its only other appearance in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in 2007.

Tickets for the championship round games at Sprint Center may be purchased by visiting www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, www.axs.com, by phone at 888-929-7849, or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.

For more information on the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, please visit www.cbehalloffameclassic.com and follow us on Twitter at @CBEHOFClassic.

 

—- CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS —-

Semifinal Doubleheader

Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.

Monday, November 24 – 7:00 PM ET

Arizona State vs. Maryland (ESPNU)

Alabama vs. Iowa State (ESPN2)

 

Championship Doubleheader

Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.

Tuesday, November 25 – 7:00 PM ET

Consolation Game (ESPN3)    Championship Game (ESPNU)

 

About the CBE Hall of Fame Classic

The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Opened in October 2007, the College Basketball Experience is the nation’s only facility that celebrates, in its entirety, the sport of men’s collegiate basketball. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame hosts an Induction Celebration on the Sunday before the tournament, celebrating Hall of Fame collegiate careers.  The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic.  Founded in 1927, the NABC, since its inception, has acted as a guardian of the game of basketball by furthering the best interests of the game as well as the players and coaches who participate.   The NABC engages in many efforts to enhance the college basketball experience for players, coaches and fans.  The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc., www.blueridgesports.com.  Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. is a sports management firm based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia.    Sponsorship opportunities for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction celebration are available through Premier Sports by contacting Laurie Bollig, lbollig@premiersportsonline.com.  To find out more, visit: www.cbehalloffameclassic.com and follow us on Twitter @CBEHOFClassic.

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Maryland holds first full practice of 2014 season

Posted on 05 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Following a morning walk through, the Maryland football team held its first full practice of the 2014 season Monday afternoon at the on-campus practice facility.

During the two-hour session in helmets, jerseys and shorts, head coach Randy Edsall and his coaching staff focused primarily on individual and unit drills before moving into team and special teams drills. The Terps will add shoulder pads on Wednesday before moving to full pads on Friday.

Maryland returns nine starters on the offensive and defensive side of the ball and 52 letterwinners from last season. The limited turnover in personnel during the offseason should make preseason preparations a little bit smoother for the squad.

“It’s comforting going into the season having the depth and the experience that we have coming back,” said Edsall. “But in terms of what we want to get done installation wise, that hasn’t changed. We have a couple of guys now who understand and know how to practice and how to do those things. That makes it a little bit easier.”

For quarterback C.J. Brown, who is entering his third season in the current offensive system, it’s all about adding to the current scheme.

“I’m very comfortable and a lot of guys are very comfortable,” said quarterback C.J. Brown. Going into my third camp in this system, we are not rebuilding. We are just adding to the foundation.

“We have a lot of potential, but that’s all it is right now is potential. We got to out there on the field and prove it against a lot of new opponents. We are looking forward to the challenge and we are going to be out here every day grinding.”

On the defensive side of the ball, the linebacker position is one of the most experienced units on the squad. Three of Maryland’s four starters return from a year ago including senior Matt Robinson, who ranked fourth on the team in tackles (73) last season after moving from safety. Along with seniors Cole Farrand, L.A. Goree, Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil and a cast several talented underclassmen, the competition at this position should be intense according to Robinson.

“I think it’s great,” said Robinson. “We definitely have a lot of people fighting for positions. I think having to grind every day is going to bring out the best in everyone.”

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 05 August 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: WNBA-New York Liberty @ Washington Mystics (Tuesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet/NBA TV), Washington Mystics @ Indiana Fever (Friday 7pm from Indianapolis live on WNBA Live Access), Washington Mystics @ Connecticut Sun (Sunday 4pm from Uncasville, CT live on WNBA Live Access); MLL: Charlotte Hounds @ Chesapeake Bayhawks (Saturday 7pm from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium live on YouTube); Charm City Roller Girls (Saturday 6:30pm Laurel Ice Gardens)

10. Jim Gaffigan (Saturday 8pm Wolf Trap); Jim Breuer (Friday & Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Doug Benson (Thursday DC Improv); Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week (Tuesday-Sunday throughout Charm City); Otakon (Friday-Sunday Baltimore Convention Center); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Into The Storm” out in theaters (Friday); Divergent” and “Oculus” available (Tuesday)

Jim Breuer will be appearing on “The Reality Check” Tuesday. We will be discussing this. AT LENGTH.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzIJNG5__8s

Also, don’t go see any other movie until you see Guardians of the Galaxy. I’M NOT KIDDING. I WILL FIND YOU.

9. JD McPherson (Thursday 7pm Canton Waterfront Park); John Legend (Tuesday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Slightly Stoopid/Stephen Marley/G. Love & Special Sauce (Thursday 6:30pm Pier Six Pavilion), Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration feat. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra & Warren Haynes (Friday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Heart (Saturday 8pm Pier Six Pavilion), Panic! At The Disco/Walk The Moon (Sunday 7:30pm Pier Six Pavilion); David Gray (Thursday 6:30pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Gavin DeGraw/Matt Nathanson (Sunday 7pm Wolf Trap); Gregg Allman (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Sublime with Rome (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (Friday 7:30pm Howard Theatre), Project Pat (Saturday 11:30pm Howard Theatre); Presidents of the United States of America (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Kenny G (Sunday 7:30pm Birchmere); Jerry Douglas (Tuesday 7:30pm The Hamilton), Carbon Leaf (Saturday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Moonrise Festival feat. Kaskade/DJ Snake/Wacka Flacka Flame (Saturday & Sunday Pimlico Race Course); Godsmack “1000HP” and Shooter Jennings “Don’t Wait Up For George” available (Tuesday)

Go see JD McPherson. You won’t regret it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyMsYMSXO6o

John Legend is married to Chrissy Teigen and it’s the second most impressive thing about him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyPCD13-LPo

I enjoy the Walk The Moon a bit, friends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPedH9B8AAE

Can someone buy me a bourbon and a David Gray ticket?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOI4F3fGbzk

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Edsall says Diggs “100 percent” as practice opened Monday

Posted on 04 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Head Coach Randy Edsall

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –

 

On the freshman:

“They’re all here. We’ll find out about them here in a little bit. They’re for the most part in good shape. It’s amazing how some of the guys fill out from the time that you sign them until now. There are a lot of them that look good. I don’t want to single any of them out. You’ll see for yourself. I’m anxious to see what they do out here. I told them beforehand just to go out here, and we know they’re going to make mistakes, but just go full speed and have fun and learn the playbook. If you learn the playbook and learn all the techniques and fundamentals that go with it, the better your opportunity to show you can get on the field.”

 

On the practice schedule:

“We have five practices; two in helmets and then two in helmets and shoulder pads and then full pads on Friday. It’s just getting everything installed. Today we’ll do some red zone and start to install all of our base things offensively and defensively and then just continue to through the rest of the week to try and get everything installed by the time that we get around to our scrimmage on practice eight.”

 

On if Stefon Diggs is fully recovered:

“He has. He’s cleared and 100 percent and ready to go. I know he’s eager to get going again. He’s very focused and very determined. He wants to get back out here and start playing the game he loves.”

 

On Nigel King’s departure:

“We wish Nigel well. He graduated, which is the number one priority for him. We’ll just wish him well and focus on the guys that are here.”

 

On the guard and running back competitions:

“It’s no different than where it was at the end of spring because we haven’t done anything. We’ll see how it all plays out and I’m hoping that somebody stands out, just like at running back. I’m hoping that somebody at running back takes the bull by the horn this preseason and says, ‘hey, I’m the starter’ and they separate themselves. That’s what we’re looking for at guard and running back as well.”

 

On the tight end competition:

“Andrew and Derrick had really good summers. Again, you’d like to have a tight end that can do it all for you, rather than having situational guys. I think that’ll start to shakeout. Andrew had a really good summer and he’s a guy that can give us those opportunities. Derrick is getting better, putting on weight. P.J. didn’t have as good a summer as those guys so hopefully separation will take place early in camp.”

 

On the tight end, guard and running back competitions:

“Those would probably be the biggest [competitions]. When you look at the depth chart and saw the or’s on there, that’s probably the biggest. But that doesn’t mean something couldn’t happen at the other positions based on people’s ability and what they do out here or lack of production from somebody who was already a starter.”

 

On Sal Conaboy:

“Sal is very steady. He’s smart and a really hard worker. It’s good to see him get that recognition. He’s got a lot of experience. He’s a guy that’s the leader of our offensive line and a guy that we have high expectations for this year. He understands his role and what he has to do from a leadership standpoint and you just see him getting better and better each year as an offensive lineman and a center.”

 

“He’s smart. He really understands what’re doing and can make all the calls. The biggest thing that he’s got to do is just get better with his footwork and his technique and hand placement. He’s made strides, but those are things he’s got to get better at.”

 

On Yannick Ngakoue:

“You can see that he’s had a good summer. He’s worked hard. Now it’s the same thing. I thought we had a good summer. Drew Wilson and his staff did a great job. Our guys are in shape. They’re ready to go and now what we’ll do is see if they can translate what they did this summer, getting bigger, faster, and stronger, and put it to work on the field and do the things they’ve got to do from and productivity and assignment standpoint to show that they’ve made improvement from a mental aspect as well as a physical aspect.”

 

“He’s gotten better. He has a very good approach to what’s going on. He came in here and thought it might be a little easier than what it was, and he’s matured quite a bit. That’s the biggest thing. He’s matured a lot over the last year and now he understands the process that you have to go through to be good. I think that’s the biggest improvement that he’s made.”

 

On C.J. Brown

“C.J. has done a good job of understanding everything that goes into it and has a better feel for what we are doing. I think you’ll see he’s just got so much more command and confidence than he ever has. He’s done a better job of being a leader. Those are the things that are important. Again, he’s worked on all aspects of his game but I think the leadership and the comfort with what’re doing offensively is something where he’s really enhanced his game.”

 

“The biggest thing for him is to be more consistent in everything he does. His accuracy, his decision making and understanding when to pull it down and when to throw it and doing those different things. He’s got a lot more confidence going into this year than he did at this time last year.”

 

On the limited personnel turnover from last season:

“It’s comforting going into the season having the depth and the experience that we have coming back. But in terms of what we want to get done installation wise, that hasn’t changed. We have a couple of guys now who understand and know how to practice and how to do those things. That makes it a little bit easier.”

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Hall of Famer Cunningham to present Gary Williams for induction

Posted on 04 August 2014 by WNST Staff

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the list of Hall of Famers who will present for the 2014 Enshrinement Ceremony, presented by Nike, on Friday, August 8th at Springfield Symphony Hall.

Members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2014 were asked to select a previous inductee to accompany and present them to their peers. The choice is solely the decision of the incoming Hall of Famer. More than 50 Hall of Famers are expected to be in attendance for this year’s ceremony, including all presenters.
The Class of 2014 inductees includes seven-time NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning, 1994 NCAA National Champion coach Nolan Richardson, six-time NBA All-Star Mitch Richmond, 2002 NCAA National Champion coach Gary Williams, the three-time AIAW National Championship winning Immaculata University team, the winningest coach in ABA history, Bob Leonard, early African American pioneer of the game Nat Clifton, international superstar Sarunas Marciulionis, four-time NBA All-Star Guy Rodgers and former NBA Commissioner of 30 years David Stern.
2014 Inductees and Presenters
Nolan Richardson, presented by Hall of Fame coach John Thompson (’99) & player Nate Archibald (‘91)
Mitch Richmond, presented by Hall of Fame players Chris Mullin (‘11) & Ralph Sampson (‘12)
Bob Leonard, presented by Hall of Fame players Mel Daniels (‘12) & Larry Bird (‘98)
Immaculata University, presented by Hall of Fame coach Cathy Rush (‘08)
Guy Rodgers, presented by Hall of Fame player Earl Monroe (‘90)
Nat Clifton, presented by Hall of Fame player Meadowlark Lemon (‘03)
Sarunas Marciulionis, presented by Hall of Fame player Chris Mullin (‘11)
Alonzo Mourning, presented by Hall of Fame coaches Pat Riley (‘08) & John Thompson (‘99)
David Stern, presented by Hall of Fame players Larry Bird (‘98), Earvin “Magic” Johnson (‘02), Bob Lanier (‘92) and NBA contributor Russ Granik (‘13)
Gary Williams, presented by Hall of Fame player Billy Cunningham (‘86)

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Loyola adds former Terps assistant Moran to lacrosse staff

Posted on 04 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Ryan Moran Named Assistant Men’s Lacrosse Coach

BALTIMORE – Ryan Moran, an assistant at the University of Maryland for the last six seasons, has been named an assistant coach at Loyola University Maryland, announced Charley Toomey, the Greyhounds’ head coach.

The Long Island native comes to the Evergreen campus where he will work with the Greyhounds’ offensive unit. Moran joined the Maryland staff in September 2008 as an assistant coach, and he was the Terrapins’ associate head coach the last two years.

“We are pleased to welcome Ryan and his family to Loyola and our men’s lacrosse program,” Toomey said. “Ryan has an outstanding track record of developing offensive players and leaders, and we are looking forward to him starting work with us on the field and in recruiting.”

He helped Maryland reach the NCAA Championships in each of his six seasons in College Park, including three trips to Championship Weekend (2011, 2012 and 2013), the first two culminating in Championship Game bids. The Terrapins won 70 percent of their games while Moran was an assistant coach, going 70-30 since 2009.

“I am very excited to work with Coach Toomey and Coach (Matt) Dwan,” Moran said. “Being at Maryland for 11 of last 16 years was a great experience with many people who helped me build a strong foundation, and it will always hold a very special place in my heart. Now, I am looking forward to being at another great school with a great tradition and successes that places lacrosse in such high regard and puts an emphasis on the sport.”

Moran’s offensive units averaged 10.92 goals per game over his six seasons at Maryland while playing some of the toughest schedules in collegiate lacrosse. He also coached the Terrapins’ faceoff unit that was ranked in the nation’s top seven for three of his years, including 2014 when Maryland won 64.6 percent of restarts, the third-best mark in Division I.

During his six years, he coached seven Maryland players that earned a combined 15 USILA All-America honors.

Prior to joining the coaching staff in College Park, Moran was a assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy for current U.S. Men’s Lacrosse National Team Coach Richie Meade from 2006-2008. He helped the Midshipmen to three NCAA Tournament appearances and two Patriot League titles (2006 and 2007).

He started his coaching career at the Naval Academy Prep School in 2005, leading NAPS to a 10-1 record that featured wins over the U.S. Military Academy’s junior varsity team and the USMAPS squad.

Moran comes from a lineage of top lacrosse coaches, as his father, Jack, has been the coach at Long Island power Chaminade High School for more than 30 years, winning his 500th career game in May 2014. Ryan’s great uncle, Richie, is a U.S. Lacrosse National Hall of Fame member and led Cornell University to three national titles.

As a collegiate player at Maryland, the younger Moran was a standout on the Terrapins’ midfield units. In two seasons, 2002 and 2003, as an offensive middie, Moran scored a combined 39 goals and added 11 assists for the Dave Cottle-coached teams.

Moran was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and member of the ACC All-Tournament Team as a senior in 2003, helping the Terrapins to a 12-4 record and appearance in the national semifinals. He finished the season with 24 goals, second-most on the team, and 31 points, tied for third on the squad, earning USILA All-America Third Team honors.

He was a third-round pick, 18th overall, of the Baltimore Bayhawks in the 2003 Major League Lacrosse College Draft. Moran played in eight games as a rookie and was traded to the Philadelphia Barrage at the end of the 2003 season. He then helped the Barrage win the 2004 MLL Championship before being traded to the Long Island Lizards for the 2005 campaign, in which he scored 10 goals and added six assists.

As a high school player, Moran was an All-American lacrosse player for Chaminade, and he also was an all-league defensive back for the Flyers’ as a junior and senior.

Moran and his wife, Danielle, a two-time All-American herself at the University of Notre Dame, have three daughters, Madelynn, Kelly and Lucia.

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Junior receiver King to transfer from Maryland

Posted on 01 August 2014 by WNST Staff

The University of Maryland athletic department announced Friday that junior wide receiver Nigel King had been released from his scholarship and will seek a transfer.

“I would like to thank all of my coaches, teammates and the rest of the athletic department staff for their support during my time at the University of Maryland” King said in a statement. “I was able to fulfill my goals of playing college football and, most importantly, earning my degree. After talking with my family, I think it is in my best to pursue a new opportunity. I wish all my teammates and coaches the very best this upcoming season.”

“I am appreciative of everything Nigel was able to accomplish at the University of Maryland and very proud that he earned his degree,” head coach Randy Edsall added. “I wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

King hauled in 33 catches for 450 yards and four touchdowns in his sophomore season, he had nine catches for 125 yards and one score as a freshman.

The North Carolina native was expected to be part of a crowded mix for the Terrapins at the position this season. Junior Stefon Diggs and senior Deon Long are set to return from injuries and re-claim the starting spots. Junior Marcus Leak is very much in the mix after returning to school following a departure last season. Junior Levern Jacobs and sophomores Amba Etta-Tawo, Malcolm Culmer and freshman Taivon Jacobs are all expected to be in the equation at the position as well.

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Trayvon Reed Will NOT Enroll With UMD

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Trayvon Reed Will NOT Enroll With UMD

Posted on 01 August 2014 by Ethan Stewart

The University of Maryland Basketball Program was dealt a serious blow today as freshman center Trayvon Reed was dismissed from the team as a result of an arrest which occurred on Wednesday night.

Reed was at a 7-11 in Prince George’s County and he attempted to steal 2 candy bars and an ice cream bar by placing the items in his pockets before plain-clothes cops tried to question him.  As Reed was about to be handcuffed he attempted to flee the scene while also hitting the hand of the undercover cop.  Reed was then arrested and charged with theft of under $100, 2nd degree assault and resisting arrest.

In a statement released by University of Maryland Head Basketball Coach Mark Turgeon, “Trayvon failed to meet the standards that are required by the University of Maryland athletics department.”

Although Reed was dismissed from the team and university due to his arrest he is not the only player to leave the program during the offseason as Seth Allen, Roddy Peters, Charles Mitchell, Shaquille Cleare and Nick Faust all handed in transfer requests which were granted by Mark Turgeon.

Reed was supposed to be a part of the highly-touted 2014 freshman class along with Melo Trimble, Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens and Michal Cekovsky, however, it appears his dreams of playing for the University of Maryland have been dashed.

The dismissal leaves Mark Turgeon’s squad even more short-handed than what had previously been anticipated after the 5 players transferred away from the program earlier this year.

Freshman Michael Cekovsky and sophomore Damonte Dodd will be forcibly thrust into bigger roles than had previously been thought during the upcoming season

Dodd had a lackluster freshman season as he was unable to garner any regular playing time and was missing from games for long stretches of the season.  Cekovsky has received high praise from his coaches as well as Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.  However, Cekovsky was recruited from Slovakia so the transition to basketball in the United States could prove to be a difficult one especially in his first season with the Terps.

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Maryland announces future home and home with Northern Illinois

Posted on 01 August 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland and Northern Illinois University have agreed to a two-year home-and-home football series beginning in 2020 the two schools announced Friday.

The Terps and Huskies will meet in College Park on Sept. 12, 2020. Maryland returns the favor the following season and travels to Huskie Stadium for a matchup on Sept. 25, 2021.

Maryland has won two of the three previous meetings against NIU with the most recent matchup coming in 2004. The Terps defeated the Huskies in College Park, 23-20. NIU has won the only meeting between the two teams in DeKalb. The Huskies defeated the Terps 20-13 in overtime in 2003.

-Maryland-

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Incoming freshman center Reed not enrolling at Maryland

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Incoming freshman center Reed not enrolling at Maryland

Posted on 01 August 2014 by WNST Staff

Trayvon Reed to Not Enroll at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Freshman center Trayvon Reed will not enroll at the University of Maryland, the athletics department announced today.

“Trayvon failed to meet the standards that are required by the University of Maryland athletics department.” Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon said.

“I regret that I was unable to meet the responsibilities that were expected of me from Coach Turgeon and the University of Maryland,” Reed said.

“We want to express our gratitude and appreciation to Coach Turgeon and the Maryland basketball program,” said Daniel Moore, Reed’s stepfather. “We regret that Trayvon has to leave Maryland and miss out on this great opportunity.”

According to the Baltimore Sun, Reed was arrested Wednesday night after an incident in his home state of Georgia. The seven footer was charged with two counts of second degree assault, theft under $100 and resisting arrest.

The Terps will now count on fellow incoming freshman Michal Cekovsky and sophomore Damonte Dodd for help in the low post. Seniors Evan Smotrycz and Jon Graham (Calvert Hall) cold also provide help in the front court.

-Maryland-


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