The addition of Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon to a Maryland team many have already picked to win the Big Ten Conference next season and be a legitimate contender for a national championship gives the Terps the most talent fans in College Park have probably seen since the 1970s.
Ten years ago, John Gilchrist led Maryland to the 2004 ACC tournament championship, a three-game sweep over the top three seeds that ended with an overtime victory against archrival Duke. Gilchrist was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after averaging 24 points per game.
In its prime, Maryland-Duke was a series that emanated heat. While Duke fans professed indifference, the rivalry didn't fade away quietly at Maryland, not even after the school announced it would join the financially lucrative Big Ten beginning this July.
Lonny Baxter's life changed dramatically in the summer of 2006. Four years removed from helping Maryland win the national championship, Baxter's short-lived NBA career was already in jeopardy after he was released by the Houston Rockets ¿ his fourth team in as many years -- when the 2006 season ended.
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.