Ashton Pankey is transferring from theUniversity of Maryland, basketball coach Mark Turgeonannounced in a statement released by the school on Tuesday. The 6-foot-9 redshirt freshman from the Bronx, N,Y. cited family reasons and the desire to play for a school closer to home. My mom is the rock in my life and I promised her I would take care of her like she did for me, Pankey said in a statement. Therefore, I am choosing to put my family first and look for a school closer to home.After missing all but one minute during the 2010-11 season with a stress fracture in his leg, Pankey averaged 4.7 points and 4.9 rebounds last season while playing in all 32 games. He scored a career-high 17 points against Radford and twice grabbed 11 rebounds. "Ashton was raised in a close-knit home; he and his mother are very close, said Turgeon. We support him in this difficult time. It was great to have Ashton as a part of our program; we appreciate the hard work that he put in academically as well as on the court. He has a lot of potential and we wish him success moving forward.Pankey's announcement comes after guards Terrell Stoglin and Mychal Parker left the program last month. Both players were facing a one year suspension for violating the universitys student-athlete code of conduct. Stoglin announced he is forgoing his collegiate eligibility and is entering the NBA draft.Turgeon's incoming recruiting class is a six-membergroup with four frontcourt options, including post player Shaquille Cleare and stretch power forward Jake Layman.
Are the Redskins moving towards the edge in the draft on Thursday.
Here is what you need to know on this Monday, April 23, three days before the April 27 NFL draft.
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 18
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 30
—Training camp starts (7/27) 94
—Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 139
The best edge rushers who should be available at pick 17
In the big picture, the Redskins weren’t too bad when it came to bringing down the quarterback. They compiled they compiled 38 sacks, good enough to tie for ninth in the NFL.
But when you put the numbers under closer scrutiny you can see that they didn’t get it done when they really needed to. On third down, when most teams are expected to pass the ball, the Redskins got just 12 sacks on 166 pass attempts. That was tied for seventh-fewest in the league.
It’s easy to see the linkage from this to the Redskins league-worst third down defense that gave up first downs on 46.6 percent of opponents’ attempts. The time opposing quarterbacks had to pass was a factor in the passer rating of 110.3 that they posted on third down. The composite passer rating for all third-down pass attempts throughout the league last year was 86.1.
Looking at this, it would be difficult for any Redskins fan to object to the selection of an edge rusher with the team’s top draft pick on Thursday. Here are some possibilities who may be available when the Redskins draft with the 17th pick.
Derek Barnett, Tennessee—A highly productive player who racked up double-digit sacks in the last three seasons playing in the SEC.
Charles Harris, Missouri—A high-motor player who has a jaw-dropping spin move to get to the quarterback.
Takkarist McKinney, UCLA—The Bruins moved him around at times, sneaking him inside to rush through the A gap. He may not always win but it won’t be because he doesn’t try.
Taco Charlton, Michigan—He’s 6-6, 277 and very athletic. Vidaunte (his given name) recorded 10 sacks and 13.5 tackles for a loss for the Wolverines.
T.J. Watt, Wisconsin—The buzz is that the Redskins are very high on Watt’s potential. In just his second year as an outside linebacker he had 11.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for a loss.
Haason Reddick, Temple—This one has an asterisk as he likely would be an inside linebacker in the Redskins’ 3-4 base defense. But they could slide him onto the edge, where he starred for the Owls, on passing downs and get help at two problem areas with one draft pick.
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It was a good week for Justin Williams.
On Friday, the clutch veteran scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 5 to give the Capitals a 3-1 series lead over the Maple Leafs.
On Sunday, in an elimination Game 6, he assisted on the Marcus Johansson overtime winner in Game 6, advancing the Capitals in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
But when Williams returned to the Washington, D.C. area early Monday morning, he was greeted by some less than clutch news.
He was issued a speeding ticket.
Justin...welcome back to Washington DC. Here's your speeding ticket👍 pic.twitter.com/jroSqPZqdl— Justin Williams (@JustinWilliams) April 24, 2017
Based on his tweet, it's still unclear if ti was a an automated ticket from a speed camera zone or if he was pulled over on his way back from the airport.
But nonetheless, it's a less than ideal addition to the 'welcome home' celebration.
Up next for William sis is an equally frustrating scenario: A seven-game series with the Penguins, which begins Thursday night.