Former John Carrol star Immanuel Quickley lost his starting job seven games into his freshman year at Kentucky, but he's playing much better as he and the Wildcats enter the NCAA tournament Thursday in Jacksonville, Fla.
Havre de Grace resident Immanuel Quickley has gone from being The Sun’s All-Metro Player of the Year, a top-five point guard by several national scouting services and a McDonald’s All American to coming off the bench for the No. 13 Wildcats.
Former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell and former North Carolina and NBA star Charlie Scott have been close since Driesell, then the coach at little Davidson College, recruited a mostly unknown prospect at Laurinburg Institute in 1964.
There is a general assumption that Maryland will be an NCAA tournament team if point guard Melo Trimble returns for his junior year in College Park and a rebuilding team if he opts to sign with an agent to take his chances on next month's NBA draft.
Several coaches who've watched the league closely — including one Hall of Famer who's coached in the league and one who has taken his lumps coaching in it the past two years — were surprised by some of the Big Ten teams' seedings.
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak didn¿t cause a stir when he took his seat at the back of press row an hour before tip-off Tuesday night at Xfinity Center. It was Kupchak¿s first trip back to the Maryland campus since his days as a Washington Bullet playing summer pickup games at Cole Field House. Yet Kupchak¿s presence for No. 7 Maryland¿s matchup against Northwestern was an indication of his interest in at least one of the game¿s participants. Considering how little Maryland freshman Diamond Stone was on the floor for Maryland¿s 62-56 overtime win -- a total of 15 minutes -- Kupchak might have to come back.
On a team in transition after DeAngelo Russell left for the NBA and Shannon Scott as well as Sam Thompson departed, Kam Williams is providing a spark off the bench for the Buckeyes, who play No. 3 Maryland on Saturday in College Park. In five Big Ten games, Williams is averaging 11.4 points in just over 23 minutes per game. Williams sees the similarities between his high school career at Mount Saint Joseph in Baltimore and his college career at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.
Maryland, picked to win the Big Ten by conference media and coaches, was ranked No. 9 in the preseason poll. The Terps return four starters from last year's 34-3 squad that went undefeated in the Big Ten and advanced to its second straight Final Four.
The World Series title for Turgeon's favorite Major League Baseball team came a few hours before his favorite college basketball team was picked third nationally in a preseason poll for the second time in less than a month.
Minnesota selected Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night, the first of three straight freshmen chosen before New York chose Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis, triggering loud, long boos from their fans inside Barclays Center.
When the Terps open next season, perhaps as the No. 1 team in the country and probably no lower than No. 3, only forward Jake Layman, center Damonte Dodd and former walk-on Varun Ram will be left over from the team two years ago.
Baltimore Ravens fourth-round draft pick Za'Darius Smith turned to football over basketball and the team is glad he did. They selected him with the 122nd overall pick last Saturday, believing that the University of Kentucky outside linebacker/defensive end could replace some of Pernell McPhee's production and give them a young pass rusher to groom behind Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil.