While Kevin Huerter will start his NBA career as a first-round draft pick and Justin Jackson will try to start his after being picked in the second round, both former Maryland players will be part of rebuilding teams at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
Congratulations to Ally Schito! The Centennial High School senior won a silver medal for her mixed media painting titled, "Adding a Dimension" in the renowned Scholastic Art and Writing competition, a national art contest sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.
Of Towson High School's 1,400 students, 607, or 43 percent, have requested to enroll in a music class for the 2014-2015 school year. And that is a tribute to John Olin, department head Dave Rhen and chorus director Derrick Jackson. Olin, of Towson, recently organized a trip for nearly 200 students to perform at Disney World in Orlando.
After playing in only four of the team's first 32 games, Alex Len has slowly made his way into first-year coach Jeff Hornacek's rotation, playing behind former Duke star Miles Plumlee and, if the Suns go to a smaller lineup, Channing Frye.
Alyssa Thomas had 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for her second triple double in three games and fourth of her career as the Terps beat Wofford, 110-53, on Saturday in the Terrapin Classic semifinals.
Marcin Gortat knew he wasn't going to be in Phoenix long the moment the rebuilding Suns drafted former Maryland center Alex Len fifth overall in June, but that didn't make any less startling the news he had been traded to the Washington Wizards.
It now appears that Alex Len could become the No. 1 pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers despite being sidelined since early April after undergoing surgery to repair a partial stress fracture in his left ankle.
TV ratings for the NBA playoffs have been through the roof. Saturday's Eastern Conference final set a new high for cable TV. In terms of what is expected to happen on the court, I am already hyped out of my head for game one of the finals between Oklahoma City and Miami Tuesday night on ABC. But I am also worried about what the coverage on Disney-owned ESPN-ABC is going to be like.
Mark Landsberger, apropos of his modest NBA career, makes only a barely noticed cameo in one of the most frequently replayed video highlights in NBA history: Dr. J's up-and-under layup in the 1980 NBA Finals.
Over the past few days, we saw players such as Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, Gerald Wallace, Kendrick Perkins, Baron Davis, Devin Harris, and the immortal Joel Przybilla switch jerseys as teams recalibrated for a playoff run. Now that the trade deadline has passed, which team is the NBA's best?
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is throwing something called the "Dwight Howard's Official All-Star Weekend Celebrity Kickoff" tonight in Hollywood. Ravens running back Willis McGahee was featured on the promotional poster.
It's been a rough week for Terps fans with Randy Shannon turning down an offer to be Maryland's defensive coordinator and the men's basketball team losing to Virginia Tech. This video of J.J. Redick getting juked out of his sneakers should cheer you up.