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In the wake of news that star guard Melo Trimble would be returning to College Park for his junior season, there are more positive signs for Maryland on the recruiting trail.
Still with two scholarships available, Wednesday and early Thursday saw four analysts predict in 247Sports.com's Crystal Ball that four-star 2016 forward Justin Jackson would choose the Terrapins.
Formerly committed to UNLV, multiple coaching changes in Las Vegas had Jackson exploring options elsewhere. He reportedly visited Maryland, along with Connecticut and Oregon.
Just as Maryland had Wednesday, Oregon received big NBA Draft news when both Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks decided to return to Eugene. That makes the Ducks a loaded likely Top-5 team for next season. That, too, could have driven the predictions of Jackson to Maryland.
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The Redskins have more players with healthy bank accounts at OTAs this week than they did at this time in 2015.
Homegrown stars Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams received big-money contract extensions last summer. Jordan Reed, a 2013 third-round pick, got his lucrative extension a few weeks ago. Kirk Cousins will have the biggest weekly paychecks on the team on the team with his $19.95 million franchise tag salary representing a massive increase from his 2015 salary of around $660,000. And Josh Norman cashed in when he was unexpectedly made a free agent in late April and signed with Washington for five years and $75 million.
But none of the players with newly found wealth carried their fat wallets onto the field with them on Wednesday, when the team’s OTA practice was open to the media. Kerrigan hustled through drills knocking down tackling dummies like he was an undrafted free agent trying to make an impression. Norman competed hard during team drills and engaged in some friendly trash talking with Cousins. The quarterback obviously had put a lot of preparation work in for the OTA as he was sharp and in control. Reed went into a full dive in an attempt to catch a slightly overthrown Cousins pass down the sideline.
It’s no coincidence that the team’s highest-paid players are also among the hardest workers at Redskins Park. Such character has been an emphasis of Scot McCloughan, now in his second year in charge of personnel.
Other players on the team notice the pattern.
“I think they’ve done a good job of getting the right kind of guys around to build on the team,” said veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall after an OTA practice on Wednesday. “It’s about winning, it’s about team first. You’ve got Josh, J Reed, Kirk, a lot of these guys are getting paid. You don’t see the mindset changing. You see Kirk, Josh working hard, J Reed working hard and that’s what it has to be.
“Just because you’ve got money, they can take it from you the next day. You keep grinding, keep your foot on the throat. These guys come out here ready to work every day.”
McCloughan’s hope is that rewarding players who work hard will start a cycle, with young players coming in and seeing the guys who do things the right way getting rewarded. They seem to be off to a promising start with the first part of the cycle, we will see if the payoff comes down the line.
As the college basketball world awaited news on Wednesday as to whether Maryland guard Melo Trimble would remain in the NBA Draft or return to College Park for his junior season, Terrapins head coach Mark Turgeon calmly went and saw an afternoon movie with his son, he told ESPN 980 in an interview Thursday morning.
The flick? Captain America: Civil War, which he says he had promised his son he would see with him for weeks.
Trimble had until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday to withdraw from the draft. The 147-minute movie began at 4 p.m. Shortly after 10 p.m., news of Trimble's decision to return for his junior season was publicly confirmed.
"Like every human being, you're always looking at your phone," Turgeon said in the radio interview, recalling his time in the movie theater. "But I felt very confident because of the information that we gathered and Melo's a smart kid and his mom's a smart lady with a good head on her shoulders that they were going to make the right decision for him and all the details kind of pushed towards him coming back to Maryland so it just was a process.
"They had to go through it, they had to feel comfortable with it, and once they did I ... had a great feeling it was going to end up this way."
Turgeon would ultimately have a phone call with Trimble on Wednesday during which the guard would tell him his decision to return to College Park.
"I felt confident that Melo and his mom, Kim, would make the right decision because all the information kind of pointed for him to come back," he said. "It was safer for him to come back. It was a long day, but in the end when Melo told [me] he was coming back, you could hear peace in his voice. He felt very comfortable with his decision."