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Terps' Vellano doubtful for UNC game

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Terps' Vellano doubtful for UNC game

By Matt Dewhurst
CSNbaltimore.com contributor

It's been a season marred by injuries for Maryland's football program, and the final game of the year will be no exception.

Already forced to start true freshman linebacker Shawn Petty at quarterback for the last month due to a string of season-ending injuries, the Terps could be without captain Joe Vellano for it's final game of the season against North Carolina.

Vellano was listed as doubtful on this week's injury report released Nov. 22 after being seen in a walking boot following Maryland's 41-14 loss to Florida State Nov. 17.

Vellano is tied with Darin Drakeford - who ironically has been ruled out of the UNC game - for the team lead in sacks with six.

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Reports: 4-star local defensive end spurns Maryland for Ohio State

Reports: 4-star local defensive end spurns Maryland for Ohio State

Four-star local defensive end Chase Young of DeMatha Catholic (Md.) has committed to Ohio State on Friday night, according to multiple reports. 

Young had been a top target for Maryland, which is looking to bolster its defensive line -- and defense as a whole -- under head coach DJ Durkin. At 6-5, 220 pounds, Rivals.com ranks Young as the No. 6 weakside defensive end and the No. 92 overall prospect in the class.

The Terrapins lost a pair of key 2016 recruits late to the Buckeyes -- four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins and five-star linebacker Keandre Jones.

Still, Maryland has made more in-roads locally under Durkin, which includes DeMatha. Three Stags from the class of 2016 pledged to the Terrapins -- Terrance Davis, Lorenzo Harrison, and Tino Ellis.

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New Terp Kevin Huerter leads the way in Team USA's win over Chile

New Terp Kevin Huerter leads the way in Team USA's win over Chile

Incoming Maryland freshman guard Kevin Huerter led Team USA in scoring in a 70-50 win over Chile to help his team advance to the semifinals of the FIBA Americas U18 tournament on Thursday night. 

Huerter had 14 points, all in the first half, on 5-of-6 shooting, including 4-of-5 shooting from three-point range.

“My shot had not been falling the first two games, but the coaches said to be ready and to come off the bench and make shots,” Huerter said in a release. “My teammates did a great job driving and kicking out and providing me with some great open looks and opportunities.”

His future head coach, Mark Turgeon, is an assistant on the Team USA staff alongside Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie and Texas head coach Shaka Smart.

“Kevin responded in a really loud and hostile environment,” Turgeon said. “I don’t know where we would have been at halftime without Kevin. He made some really big shots for us tonight.”

Team USA advances to face Brazil in the semifinals on Friday.

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Turgeon, future Terp Huerter help Team USA to win over Puerto Rico

Turgeon, future Terp Huerter help Team USA to win over Puerto Rico

Mark Turgeon, serving as an assistant coach, and future Terrapins guard Kevin Huerter, coming off the bench, helped the Team USA U18 squad to a 103-70 victory over Puerto Rico as part of the FIBA Americas tournament in Chile on Tuesday. 

Huerter, a 6-6 guard from upstate New York, scored four points on 2-of-4 shooting from the floor in 16 minutes on the floor. 

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Turgeon is serving on staff with Connecticut's Kevin Ollie, also an assistant, and Texas coach Shaka Smart, who is leading the team in Chile. 

The United States plays again on July 20 against the U.S. Virgin Islands, then again against Chile on July 21.