Dez Wells and Pat Connaughton ended their senior years in college on about the same level in the eyes of many NBA scouts. Both were considered good all-around players and the emotional leaders of their respective teams, touted more for intangibles than the skills that easily translated to the pro game. As a result, the two shooting guards were also considered marginal NBA draft picks.
LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the Trail Blazers two days after saying he was going to have thumb surgery and had 26 points and nine rebounds in a Portland's 103-96 victory over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night.
Except for the fact that his left foot is encased in a protective boot, and that most of his training is done sitting down, little has changed for former Maryland center Alex Len as he gets ready for next week's NBA draft.
And it all started with a passing idea. Late last month, Mike Parker, brand director for Under Armour basketball, talked to Jennings about uniting the six NBA players signed with Under Armour for a three-day photo shoot in Baltimore.
It was a surprising turn of events for the former Lake Clifton star. In the weeks leading up to the draft, he'd reportedly intrigued front offices with his unique combination of length, athleticism and natural scoring instincts.
Baltimore-based The Cordish Cos., known for pairing urban-style entertainment districts with sports venues, will work with the San Francisco Giants to build a $1.6 billion waterfront development near the club's ballpark and is planning three more sports-anchored projects in Las Vegas, Portland and St. Louis..
Steve Blake, as a steady and much sought-after point guard, has parlayed his skills into his current four-year, $16 million contract with the Lakers, it is not much different than the role he played during his four seasons at Maryland.
Chances are Maryland forward Jordan Williams will hear his name called at some point during Thursday night¿s NBA draft, though you might already be in bed by the time it happens. The majority of NBA draft experts have Williams, who was named all-ACC first team as a sophomore, pegged as a second-round pick.