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Some early thoughts on Maryland's lineup for 2015-16

The next Maryland basketball season is eight months away, which means there's plenty of time for the roster to change with a couple of more additions and, given the nature of the business, a couple of possible subtractions.

Yet with Friday's stunning news that five-star recruit Diamond Stone of Milwaukee had picked the Terps over the home state Wisconsin Badgers, now is as good a time to start daydreaming about the lineup Mark Turgeon will put out there.

Obviously, a lot will hinge on Melo Trimble's decision whether to remain in College Park for his sophomore year or put his name into the draft. As of Saturday, nothing had been decided. But unless there's a sudden rush of interest among several NBA scouts and GMs for the 6-3 Trimble in the top half of the draft, look for him to be running the show again next season.

I'm sure that Stone didn't come to Maryland to come off the bench, so let's pencil him in at power forward, Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter at center and third-team...

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Seven facts you should know about Maryland recruit Diamond Stone
Five-star center Diamond Stone commits to Maryland

Robert Stone was at his home in Milwaukee on Friday night when he got a text message from his son, Diamond.

“I had dropped him off at his friend's house, and he said, ‘Dad, I'm ready to pick,' " the elder Stone said in a telephone interview with The Baltimore Sun. “I asked, ‘Do you want to talk about it?' He said: ‘No, I'm ready. I know where I want to go. So he tweeted he wanted to go to Maryland.' ”

It was a tweet heard ‘round the college basketball world, as the 6-foot-10, 250-pound senior, rated the No. 2 center in the country and the No. 10 player nationally by 247Sports.com, chose the Terps over home-state Wisconsin, as well as Connecticut and Oklahoma State.

Stone's oral commitment was confirmed by a Maryland source familiar with the recruiting process. Coach Mark Turgeon, who is not allowed to comment publicly on Stone's decision until he signs a national letter of intent or completes the financial-aid package agreement for his scholarship, visited Stone in Milwaukee on Friday...

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Steelers sign Darrius Heyward-Bey to one-year deal

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Maryland standout wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to another one-year contract.

Heyward-Bey caught three passes for 33 yards last season in 16 games, including one start.

A former first-round NFL draft pick by the Oakland Raiders, Heyward-Bey has played in 88 games, including 65 starts. Heyward-Bey has 172 receptions for 2,413 yards and a dozen touchdowns in six NFL seasons.

Heyward-Bey was cut by the Raiders in 2013 after four seasons. The former McDonogh standout spent the 2013 season with the Indianapolis Colts under a one-year, $3 million contract. He caught 29 passes for 309 yards and a touchdown in 11 starts for the Colts.

He signed a one-year, $795,000 contract with the Steelers last year that included a $65,000 signing bonus.

Big and fast at 6 feet 2 and 220 pounds, Heyward-Bey ran the 40-yard dash in 4.23 seconds at the NFL scouting combine in 2009.

That speed hasn't always translated into consistent success for Heyward-Bey. He...

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21 Maryland athletes earn Big Ten academic honors

The Big Ten announced its academic all-conference list for winter sports Wednesday, and 21 Maryland athletes were honored.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their school and carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

“We are proud of the hard work and dedication our student-athletes continue to display not only in the realm of competition but in the classroom,” Maryland athletics director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. “It has been an outstanding year both academically and athletically in our inaugural campaign as a member of the Big Ten.”

Here's the list of Maryland's honorees: 

Men’s basketball

Varun Ram, Senior, Physiology & Neurobiology

Evan Smotrycz, Senior, Masters: Real Estate Development        

Jacob Susskind, Senior, Double major: Accounting and Finance

Women’s basketball

Lexie Brown, Sophomore, Double Major: Finance and Marketing

Malina Howard, Junior, Kinesiology


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Maryland football notes: Brad Craddock taking honors in stride

Over the course of his Maryland football career, kicker Brad Craddock has accumulated some pretty impressive honors. After winning last season's Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's top collegiate kicker, the rising senior will have plenty of eyes on him in his final year in College Park.

Thursday, the DC Touchdown Club will celebrate Craddock as the Washington Metro College Player of the Year. The awards banquet will also honor Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Ditka and former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann.

While Craddock said he's appreciated the pomp and circumstance after his near-perfect 2014 season, he's not much for relishing in that success. In fact, he'd rather stash his trophies away than keep them out on display.

“I don't really like looking at them too much, so I've hidden them in the back of my closet behind some golf clubs,” he said. “I'll look at them at the end of, I guess, when I'm finished kicking.”

Over spring break, Craddock continued to work on his craft...

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