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Guard Varun Ram (River Hill) returning to Maryland for final year

Varun Ram, the popular reserve guard for the Maryland men's basketball team who made one of the Terps' biggest plays last season, announced Friday that he will return for his final year of eligibility.

On Friday afternoon, he tweeted: "excited to say that I'll be back to play for this great university one more year #notsureifyoucare #butstill"

An athletic department spokesman confirmed that Ram will be returning.

Asked why he decided to return, Ram said: "I want to further my education and pursue a graduate degree. I also want to continue to be around this great Maryland program and help it in anyway that I can."

The River Hill graduate came in for the last 13.7 seconds of Maryland’s second-round NCAA tournament win over Valparaiso, and helped preserve the team’s 65-62 victory by stripping Crusaders guard Keith Carter as he went up for a corner 3-pointer.

The 5-foot-9 point guard started his college career at Trinity University, a Division III school in Connecticut, but transferred as...

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Former Terps guard Dez Wells hopes to avoid infamy with O's ceremonial first pitch

Former Maryland men's basketball star Dez Wells often played well before big crowds. During his three seasons with the Terps, Wells brought fans at Xfinity Center to their feet to cheer his dunks and quieted fans on the road as he carried the Terps to victory.

On Friday night, Wells will try his hand — his right hand — with a different kind of crowd. The senior guard, who is planning on graduating this spring and hoping to play in the NBA next season, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch tonight before the Orioles' series opener against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards.

It will mark Wells' first visit to the ballpark — and his first time throwing a baseball since he was a kid in Raleigh, N.C.

“I was about about 8 or 9,” Wells said Thursday. “I think I played shortstop.”

Wells is aware of what might happen if he slips off the pitcher’s mound, as his high school buddy, Washington Wizards star guard John Wall, claimed to have done in 2011 at Nationals Park before a Nationals-Orioles...

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InsideMDSports: Clear Spring DE Joey Fisher becomes Terps' seventh commitment

Editor's note: InsideMdSports.com provides this blog with a Maryland recruiting feature that previously appeared as premium content on its site.

Joey Fisher has decided where he wants to go to college. The 6-foot-5, 248-pound junior defensive end from Washington County's Clear Spring High picked the Terps on Wednesday night.

"Maryland came up this past Monday," he said. "Edsall said [to] call Chad [Wilt] on Tuesday to talk, so we'll go from there. When I went up to Maryland last time, I talked to Coach Stud [Greg Studrawa]; he was joking that he can't wait to see me on the offensive line, and Wilt and him were arguing back and forth. But Maryland is looking at me strictly for defensive end, so that's where I'll play."

Fisher was under the radar until recently, when he impressed Wilt in workouts.

"You know, with me missing my junior year, I knew I'd be slow on offers, and I have these other colleges contacting me, but Maryland contacted me more," he said. "Maryland built a relationship...

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Transferring shooting guards Damion Lee, Sterling Smith nearing decisions

Former Calvert Hall standout Damion Lee spent the past five days meeting with coaches at three high profile programs, yet seems patient enough to finish the process of continuing to meet with the two other schools on the original list that he tweeted out nearly two weeks ago.

The nation’s fifth-leading scorer (21.4 points a game) as a junior at Drexel last season, the 6-6 shooting guard told InsideTheVille.com, a website that covers Louisville basketball, that he's closer to a decision about his future after visiting Arizona and Louisville.

“Both of them were great visits,” Lee said. “I enjoyed both and gained a lot of information about both programs. I went to both schools with an open mind.”

Lee has not returned several telephone messages from The Baltimore Sun since starting to make his recruiting visits to Arizona last weekend and to Louisville on Monday and Tuesday. Riddick, who accompanied her son on his visits, also did not return messages left on her cell phone.

There’s a little...

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Simpkins recalls last Maryland-Georgetown game

For good reason, Duane Simpkins can remember the last regularly scheduled Maryland-Georgetown game “like it was yesterday.” The former Terps point guard also has clear memories of his game-winning shot to beat the Hoyas in overtime at USAir Arena when Simpkins was a sophomore.

“A floater over Don Reid,” Simpkins said Wednesday.

There has been 22 years worth of yesterdays that have elapsed since these two former longtime rivals met in a regularly scheduled men’s basketball game. That will change on Nov. 17, when Maryland will host Georgetown at Xfinity Center as part of the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games.

It will mark the first time the teams will meet since the 1993-94 season opener on one of their respective homecourts.

The Terps and Hoyas have played twice since, both times in tournaments. In 2001, Maryland won, 76-66, in the Sweet 16 of the 2001 NCAA tournament in Boise, Idaho, en route to the program’s first Final Four. In 2008, Georgetown won, 75-48, in the third-place consolation...

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After 22 years off, Terps and Hoyas on schedule for next two

Shortly after Mark Turgeon took over at Maryland in 2011, he called John Thompson III at Georgetown. Turgeon wanted the Terps to play the Hoyas for the first time in years, but knew it would be some time before his team would be on the same level as Thompson’s.

“He wanted to give me some time to get my program up and coming,” Turgeon recalled Wednesday, “it was going to happen eventually.”

Nearly 22 years to the day that the Terps and Hoyas last played in a regularly-scheduled men’s basketball game, Maryland and Georgetown will meet Nov. 17 at the Xfinity Center in College Park as part of the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games between the Big Ten and Big East conferences.

In separate conference calls, the two coaches seemed happy to finally get it done.

“We’re just glad it’s Georgetown and I’m sure they’re happy they got Maryland, it’s going to be great,” Turgeon said. “Home and home the next two years, it gives something people to talk about. Both teams should be good. It should be good for...

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