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First look: Maryland freshman Michal Cekovsky takes challenge


First look: Maryland freshman Michal Cekovsky takes challenge

We haven't seen much of Michal Cekovsky, the incoming Maryland freshman who will be tasked with carry much of the scoring load in the Terrapins front court in 2014-15. But on Tuesday we got another glimpse, thanks to his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge entry.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has been high on Cekovsky since he got to College Park early this summer. At seven feet tall, he has a versatile offensive game and will be needed in a front court that is depleted and underdeveloped on that end of the floor. But Turgeon was quick to denounce the most convenient connection between the freshman and a former Maryland player.

"He's not Alex [Len]. I don't want to compare him to Alex," Turgeon told CSN in June. "They're different players."

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But Cekovsky is continuing to adjust socially Turgeon said, much like his former star who is now in the NBA.

"Like Alex, I'm sure it's going to take him a while to feel comfortable," Turgeon said.

"Doesn't know anybody. He does speak English pretty well, but I'm sure he's a little bit nervous and anxious right now and hopefully being here all summer is going to help him feel more comfortable by the time school starts in September."

"He's a talent."

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Maryland cornerback Will Likely out for the season

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Maryland cornerback Will Likely out for the season

Will Likely, Maryland's star cornerback and punt returner, suffered a season-ending torn ACL in the second quarter of last week's game against Minnesota. The team announced Friday that Likely will miss the rest of the season.

The injury does not mean the end of Likely's role in Maryland football. Head Coach DJ Durkin said in a press release, "In the short time I've been here at Maryland, I understand and have a great appreciation for the significant impact Will Likely has had on our football program. He will continue to play a vital role in our program as we lean on him for his leadership and experience. I am confident Will has the work ethic, drive and focus to overcome this injury and continue his football career at the next level."

Likely is third in the country in combined kick return yards with 1197, and owns six different Maryland records. He leads the team in with three passes defended, and three pass break ups. Likely was named an FWAA First Team All-American in 2015, and First Team All-Big Ten two seasons in a row. A torn ACL means the end of the senior's career as a Terrapin.

Sophomore RaVon Davis or Freshman Elijah Daniels can be expected to fill in for Likely at corner, while sophomore D.J. Moore or senior Teldrick are projected to take over as returners.

The Terps play Michigan State on Saturday in College Park. Durkin has not yet decided the status of quarterback Perry Hills, who sat out the last game with an injured shoulder.

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Melo Trimble named to Bob Cousey Award watch list

Melo Trimble named to Bob Cousey Award watch list

Maryland Terrapins guard Melo Trimble was named to the Cousey Award watch list on Monday afternoon, the top prize for the nation's best point guard. 

After testing the professional waters in May at the NBA Draft Combine, Trimble decided to return to school for his junior season.

Trimble had a stellar freshman year at Maryland, but his shooting percentage dipped in his sophomore effort. After shooting just over 41 percent from three-point range his freshman year, he managed just a 31 percent clip last season, which saw the Terps make it to the Sweet Sixteen.

Maryland added Anthony Cowan — a pass-first point guard from St. John's College High School — to its backcourt ranks in its latest recruiting class. He could free Trimble up for more open outside shots and give him a chance to find the stroke he had in his first year.

At Big Ten media day in Washington, D.C. last week, head coach Mark Turgeon noted that he hopes to use more two-guard sets, which should allow Trimble to create for himself more. 

Wisconsin's Bronson Koenig joins Trimble as the only other Big Ten guard on the 20-player list. Former Maryland guard Seth Allen, who transfered to Virginia Tech after the 2014 season, also made the watch list. 


Here's the rest of the list:

— Jalen Adams, Soph., UConn
— Maurice Watson Jr., Sr., Creighton
— Jack Gibbs, Jr., Davidson
— Frank Jackson, Fy., Duke
— Nigel Williams-Goss, Jr., Gonzaga
— Monte Morris, Sr., Iowa St.
— Frank Mason III, Sr.,  Kansas
— De’Aaron Fox, Fy., Kentucky
— Melo Trimble, Jr., Maryland
— Joel Berry II, Jr., North Carolina
— Dennis Smith, Fy., North Carolina State
— Jawun Evans, Soph., Oklahoma State
— Lonzo Ball, Fy., UCLA
— Jordan McLaughlin, Jr., USC
— Jalen Brunson, Soph., Villanova
— London Perrantes, Sr., Virginia
— Seth Allen, Sr., Virginia Tech
— Markelle Fultz, Fy., Washington
— Bronson Koenig, Sr., Wisconsin
— Edmond Sumner, Soph., Xavier