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Junior point guard Anthony Cowan Jr. commits to Maryland

Anthony Cowan Jr.'s roots at Maryland run deep.

Growing up in Bowie, he attended Gary Williams' summer camp in College Park several times. His father, Anthony Sr., received his master's from the school. His grandmother works in the university's African-American Studies program.

So it made sense that Cowan, a four-star recruit rated the No. 62 prospect overall by Scout.com in the Class of 2016, orally committed to Mark Turgeon's program on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound point guard won’t officially sign a letter of intent until next year, but he announced his commitment Monday.

Cowan also has a connection to current freshman star point guard Melo Trimble. The two were part of the same D.C. Assault Amateur Athletic Union program and played against each other in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference when Trimble was at Bishop O’Connell in Arlington, Va. Cowan is now a junior at St. John's College High in Washington.

Cowan said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun that Maryland...

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Terps drop to No. 16 in AP poll and to a No. 3 seed in bracket projections

This week's AP Top 25 is out, and it has Maryland’s men’s basketball team down three spots, to No. 16, after a week that included a loss at Indiana and Sunday night’s great escape against Northwestern.

The next round of bracket projections have also been posted, and here are the latest educated guesses as to where Maryland (18-3) will be placed on Selection Sunday.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi dropped the Terps to a No. 3 seed in the East Region. (He had them on the No. 2 line last week.)

On his bracket, the Terps still begin in Pittsburgh. They’d play No. 14 William & Mary, the presumed champion out of the Colonial Athletic Association. Their potential Round of 32 matchup would be No. 6 Northern Iowa or the winner of a No. 11 play-in game between North Carolina State and Kansas State.

In that projection, the Terps cpuld face No. 2 Villanova in the Sweet 16 and possibly No. 1 Virginia in the regional final. (That region concludes in Syracuse.)

CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm also dropped Maryland to a No...

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Terps' game-winner wasn't drawn up, it was 'Dez being Dez'

Last-second victories have been rare in Mark Turgeon's four seasons at Maryland.

None of them have gone as Turgeon drew up in the huddle.

There was Alex Len's tip-in to beat North Carolina State two years ago. That came on a poorly conceived baseline jumper by Pe'Shon Howard that fortunately never touched the rim and was so off-line that the 7-foot Len had perfect position in front of the rim.

There was the 3-pointer by Dez Wells to beat Miami last season after the Terps had blown a 10-point lead in the final two minutes. It seemed an unlikely shot given how poorly Wells had shot from long-range during his first three seasons in college.

Now, there is Sunday’s night tip-in by Wells with a little more than a second remaining, which completed Maryland’s improbable comeback from an 11-point deficit with 3:24 left against Northwestern and ultimately gave the Terps a 68-67 victory.

That, too, wasn’t drawn up as it was designed.

Turgeon said after one of his most exciting wins in College...

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After injuries, Terps seniors Dez Wells, Evan Smotrycz adjust to new roles, seek old form

One of the more surprising aspects of the Maryland men's basketball team's 17-3 start this season has been that two seniors haven't been largely responsible for it.

Guard Dez Wells has shown just flashes of the player who led the Terps in scoring in each of his first two seasons in College Park, and forward Evan Smotrycz is only now providing more regular glimpses of the player who averaged 11 points and six rebounds as a starter last season.

Since coming back from a fractured right wrist in late December that sidelined for a month, Wells has averaged 11.5 points and nearly five rebounds per game. A 50.5 percent shooter over the past two seasons, Wells has shot just 40.3 percent from the field, though his accuracy from beyond the arc (52.0 percent) has improved dramatically.

Asked why Wells has not yet re-established himself as Maryland’s primary scorer, coach Mark Turgeon said Saturday: “It could be the way he is being played. They doubled him on the post the other night [in a loss at...

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Three-star DeMatha junior Darryl Turner becomes Terps' third commit in Class of 2016

Maryland picked up its second commitment of the weekend Saturday, securing an oral commitment from DeMatha junior Darryl Turner, who announced the news on Twitter.

A three-star Class of 2016 prospect according to Rivals.com, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Turner plays slot receiver and safety at DeMatha. He is also a kick returner.

“Darryl Turner was arguably our most valuable player for us this year,” DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks said. “He started at slot receiver, kick returner and safety. And if there was a play to be made, he made it. I think the only problem we had was getting him enough touches.

“I want to say — we calculated it — he scored every three times he touched the football. That’s the type of dynamic playmaker he is, and very similar to [Terps cornerback and returner] Will Likely.”

Maryland coaches are unsure of what position Turner will play in college, Brooks said.

Turner had eight interceptions at safety, and Brooks said Turner had more than 600 receiving yards and at least...

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Former four-star cornerback D'Andre Payne transferring from Tennessee to Maryland

A day that began with the news that one of Maryland’s top recruiting targets had committed orally elsewhere ended with the Terps adding a former four-star cornerback to their secondary.

Washington native and Tennessee freshman D’Andre Payne, who graduated from H.D. Woodson (D.C.), tweeted Friday night that he will transfer to Maryland.

“Told y’all we making big moves,” Maryland Class of 2015 commit Adam McLean tweeted after Payne’s announcement.

Rivals.com ranked Payne as the 18th-best cornerback and second-best player from Washington in last year’s recruiting class.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Payne had four tackles in eight games as a true freshman at Tennessee.

While Payne likely will have to sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules, he could redshirt and still have three years of eligibility remaining.

“Patience is key,” Payne tweeted. “The lord works in mysterious ways! Let’s get it.”

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