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Local hoops teams bypassed in preseason coaches poll

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Local hoops teams bypassed in preseason coaches poll

Plenty of promise exists up and down the Maryland's rosters and few will be stunned if the programs ends up ranked at some point this season. Just not yet.

Neither the Terps or Georgetown Hoyas picked up any votes in the just released USA Today preseason coaches poll. Hardly a stunner considering the youth on both rosters, though the ACC and Big East schools were picked to finish in the top of half of their respective conferences.

Indiana, led by sophomore sensation Cody Zeller, tops the initial poll, receiving 21 of a possible 31 first place votes. Up next, Bluegrass state stalwarts Louisville and Kentucky, each receiving five first place votes, followed by Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina State, Kansas, Syracuse, Duke and Florida. Georgetown opens the season against the Gators on an aircraft carrier parked in Jacksonville.

While no DMV program ranked among the top 25, Virginia Commonwealth, gearing up for its first season in the Atlantic 10, finished second among the "others receiving votes" folk. Colonial Athletic Association favorite Drexel received two votes.

The ACC voters slotted Maryland sixth among the 12 conference teams. Georgetown finished fifth within the Big East.

Four ACC programs rank among the top 25, including North Carolina (11) and Florida State (tied for 24). Notre Dame (23) joins Louisville and Syracuse among Big East schools in the top 25.

And no, neither Maryland coach Mark Turgeon or Georgetown's John Thompson III are among the 31 voting coaches. Coppin State's Fang Mitchell is among the group filling out a ballot.

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Despite sophomore showing, poll shows coaches still love Melo Trimble

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Despite sophomore showing, poll shows coaches still love Melo Trimble

Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander at CBSSports.com on Thursday released the findings of a poll they conducted over the summer that asked NCAA coaches which player from any program (not their own) they'd most like to put on their team for the 2016-17 season. 

Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, even after having what was by his standards a down sophomore season, is squarely in the mix. Of the more than 100 coaches polled, 9 percent chose Trimble as their "must-have" player.

Only three other players were chosen by more coaches nationally: Duke guard Grayson Allen (13 percent), Washington and former DeMatha (Md.) guard Markelle Fultz (12 percent), and Duke forward Harry Giles (10 percent)

From CBS, quoting an anonymous coach: 

Most people would consider last season a poor outing for Melo, but I didn't. Maryland added new players, and he held his own. People said the same things about Yogi Ferrell a year ago and look what did last season. ... Bottom line, is I trust him with the ball and my team.

As one coach pointed out, there are ways to explain Trimble's shortcomings last season. There were three new players in the starting lineup. He worked through some injuries. He still didn't have a true secondary ball handler behind him.

Some of those things can change this season. Freshman Anthony Cowan can either back up or play alongside him. Getting Dion Wiley back from injury replaces the departure of Rasheed Sulaimon. By not playing international ball this summer, he should have time to rest. 

That all sets the table for next season. Read more from the CBS poll here.

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Former Terp Deon Long finds new home after being cut by Rams

Former Terp Deon Long finds new home after being cut by Rams

Former Maryland wide receiver Deon Long has been signed by the Philadelphia Eagles after being cut recently by the Los Angeles Rams, the team announced. 

Long played two seasons at Maryland after playing one at New Mexico and another at the junior college level. Opposite fellow standout Stefon Diggs, Long caught 32 passes for 489 yards and a touchdown in 2013. He followed that up with 51 catches for 575 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. 

Long went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft and signed with the Tennessee Titans, but was cut before the start of the regular season.

MORE TERPS: DIGGS MAKES RIDICULOUS ONE-HANDED GRAB AT TRAINING CAMP

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VIDEO: Stefon Diggs makes ridiculous 1-handed catch at Vikings camp

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VIDEO: Stefon Diggs makes ridiculous 1-handed catch at Vikings camp

Former Maryland Terrapin Stefon Diggs was one of the most productive rookie receivers in the league last season, posting 54 receptions for 720 yards. 

It looks like he's back at it again at Minnesota Vikings camp. As shared by Brandon McCauley of KARE11, look at Diggs in the corner of the end zone extending his arm and hauling it in. 

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