Maryland and Georgetown may not be playing each other anytime soon, bummer, I know.Having both local college basketball powers potentially square off against Kentucky next season, not a bad alternative.We already knew the Terps would open the 2012-13 season against the Wildcats in the inaugural Barclays Center Classicin Brooklyn on November 9.Now one report has Georgetown-Kentucky as a potential matchup in this season's Big East-SEC challenge. Per ESPN's Andy Katz:"The Big East still has to decide if 14 schools will participate in the Big East-SEC Challenge instead of 12. Based on conversations with multiple sources, the highest-profile game that could occur is Kentucky at Georgetown. I wouldnt be surprised to see Louisville at Florida, Marquette at Missouri, and Tennessee at Notre Dame. But those last four appear to be more speculation at this point. The most likely matchup is UK-GU."In a general sense, any time you takeon the defending national champions, it's a juicy non-conference tilt. If the matchup occurs this season, there would be some serious heat generated from the fan bases considering top freshman recruit Nerlens Noel spurned Georgetown for Kentucky with an egocentric national television announcement that broke many a heart on the Hilltop. Yeah, this could be fun - especially if the site is the Verizon Center.
Virginia has added another quarterback to its roster for next season as Kurt Benkert of East Carolina announced Sunday that he will transter to UVa.
Benkert announced on April 25 that he intended to transfer. The move to Charlottesville will reunite the quarterback with former head coach Ruffin McNeill who now is the defensive line coach for Virginia.
Benkert's bio on ECU's athletcis website lists him as 6-foot-3, 225 pounds and describes him as "A talented and polished signal-caller whose arm strength perhaps already ranks among the best in the history of the Pirate program ." He was named the starter by McNeill at ECU heading into last season, but a knee injury forced Benkert to miss the entire 2015 season.
As a graduate transfer, Benkert will be immediately available for next season. He will also have two years of eligibility remaining.
Benkert will now be thrust into a quarterback competition in Charlottesville with incumbent Matt Johns and fellow transfer Connor Brewer.
Harvard forward Patrick Steeves, a 3-point shooting threat, has committed to George Washington men's basketball program, a source revealed to CSNmidatlantic.com.
The 6-foot-7 Steeves, a native of Montreal, graduates from Harvard next month. He is eligible immediately at GW and has two years of eligibilty remaining.
Injuries plagued him early in his career with the Ivy League program, but he turned in a solid 2016-17 campaign with averages of 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Steeves shined from long range, sinking 45.8 percent (33 of 72) of his 3-poit attempts.
California, Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Richmond were also after Steeves, accorrding to a source.
Steeves joins a massive contingent coming to help for the 2016-17 season. The Colonials lost six players from a team that won 28 games last season and captured the season-ending NIT championship under coach Mike Lonergan.
Former Seton Hall transfer Jared Sina is eligible after sitting out last season. The heady guard and Steeves will help offset the perimeter loss of seniors Patricio Garino, Joe McDonald and Alex Mitola. Guards Paul Jorgensen and Anthony Swan transfered out of the program after the season.
Incoming big man recruit Kevin Marfo headlines a five-player class. The Colonials also lost starting center Kevin Larsen to graduation.
Leading scorer and rebounder Tyler Cavanaugh returns along with fellow starting forward Yuta Watanabe.
CSN's Brian Mitchell, one of the best punt returners in NFL history, is helping former Navy QB Keenan Reynolds to reinvent himself in advance of the 2016 NFL Draft.
While learning to play another position to increase his chances of getting drafted or making a roster, Reynolds showed off his ability to field punts. And he's already pretty good.
Watch the full segment featuring Mitchell, Reynolds, and CSN's Rob Carlin in the video player above.