Terps' Layman makes initial Team USA U18 cut


Terps' Layman makes initial Team USA U18 cut

One way or another, the Team USA men's basketball team competing in the FIBA Americas U18 championship later this month will have a rather DMV vibe.Incoming Maryland recruit Jake Layman, Gonzaga College High School guardNate Britt and DeMatha products Jerami Grant and James Robinson are among the 14 players to have survived the first round of cuts. Team USA, directed by Flordia's head coach Billy Donovan, will continue training in Colorado Springs, Colo with the final roster determined before the team's departure on June 12. The international competition will be played June 16-20 in Sao Sebastio do Paraiso, Brazil. Layman, a 6-foot-8 stretch power forward from Wrentham, Mass and part of Mark Turgeon's highly-anticipated 2012 class coming to College Park, tweeted out his status on Thursday.Britt, a 6-foot-1 guard and member of the 2013 class, has committed to North Carolina.Jerami Grant, a 6-foot-7 forward and son of former Bullets forward Harvey Grant, will play for Syracuse. The 6-foot-3 Robinson will take his point guard skills to the University of Pittsburgh.Former Virginia Tech recruit and now Louisville commit Montrezl Harrell is also among the finalist. Harrell was named MVP of the 2012 Capital Classic.Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.VCU coach Shaka Smart is serving as one of Donovan's assistant coaches.

Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

Maryland basketball legend to become Coppin State basketball coach

According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland basketball legend Juan Dixon will be named the head coach at Coppin State, his first men's head coaching job.

After his playing career wound down after stints in the NBA and Europe, Dixon joined Mark Turgeon's staff in College Park but was not retained after the 2015-16 season. 

For 2016-17, Dixon took over the UDC women's basketball coaching job finishing with a 3-25 record, but only had nine scholarship athletes. 

Dixon will take over a struggling Coppin State program that has only won 25 games in the past three seasons and hasn't finished with a winning record in the MEAC since 2011-12.

Coppin State became only the third No. 15 seed to top a No. 2 seed in 1997, but have only made the NCAA tournament one time since then (2008). Dixon will look to return Coppin State to the success it had during the 1990's. 

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VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

VCU basketball star, Mo Alie-Cox to sign with the Indianapolis Colts

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

The face of VCU basketball for the past several seasons, Mo Alie-Cox is heading to the professional ranks.

No, not as a player on the hardwood but rather as one on the gridiron.

On Thursday it was reported by multiple sources that Cox will sign with the Indianapolis Colts. It is expected that Cox will play primarily as a tight end for the Colts, after tailoring his NFL workouts last month to that position.

According to Mike Garafolo, Cox was deemed eligible for the NFL Draft by the league last season due to his previous red-shirted year. A year removed from draft eligibility, he is technically a free-agent. 

At 6'7" and 250 pounds, he is a natural fit for the position. In addition he has a 7-1 wingspan and gigantic hands that make a basketball look small. 

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Cox joins a long list of converted basketball stars into NFL tight-ends. Most famous is perhaps Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks who played both basketball and football at the University of Miami. The list also includes Antonio Gates, new Colts teammate Erik Swoope, Martellus Bennett, and Julius Thomas just to name a few. 

In his four year career with the Rams, Cox played 142 games and helped the team to NCAA tournament berth every season. In an interview with CSN last November, then-VCU head coach Will Wade said he'd received calls from NFL teams and scouts about Alie-Cox throughout his career.