After spending most of his first two NBA seasons buried on the bench with the Portland Trail Blazers, former Maryland standout Jake Layman has found his role as a key reserve and sometimes starter for one of the Western Conference's top teams.
When Maryland freshman Diamond Stone scored 16 points off the bench in his team¿s recent win over Connecticut in the Jimmy V Classic, it pushed the 6-11 center into double figures for his season average.
Ivan Bender has spent the past seven months at the University of Maryland quietly trying to restart a basketball career that was interrupted twice in the last two years — each time after the 6-9, 230-pound forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Should the Maryland men's basketball team make the quantum leap from surprising Big Ten upstart last winter to national championship contender in the upcoming season, much of the success will be traced to what Kyle Tarp has done with the Terps over the past year.
Former Maryland star Dez Wells, who hoped to use the NBA Summer League with the Washington Wizards as a showcase to earning an invitation to training camp this fall, will not play with the team in Las Vegas because of a badly sprained thumb suffered last week during team workouts.
If the first three games of his college career have been akin to an early semester quiz in his all-day English class, then the next two will be the first big test for Maryland freshman Michal Cekovsky.
Given the redemptive mindset of Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon and many of his players going into tonight's season opener against Wagner at Xfinity Center, it seems fitting that the Terps worked more on their rebounding than any other area in practice this week.