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By Matt Vensel | May 4, 2011
Maryland big man Jordan Williams is leaving College Park. The sophomore more or less confirmed on his Twitter account this afternoon the reports that he has hired an agent and is going pro, something that has been speculated the past several weeks. That’s right, order your Bakersfield Jam jerseys now, folks, because Williams is going to the D-League! Just kidding. Williams is entering the June 23 NBA draft , though I guess a season in the NBA’s Development League isn’t out of the question depending on which team drafts him next month.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 23, 2013
COLLEGE PARK - Scott Van Pelt is joking that he may have gone too far this time, that Maryland may turn on him for his pointed criticism about the droves of fans who abandoned Byrd Stadium's student section before the end of the Terps ' one-point win over rival Virginia on Oct. 12. The ESPN commentator, radio show host and former Maryland student says he expects the stadium to be packed for this Saturday's homecoming game against Clemson, "and...
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By Matt Vensel | June 22, 2011
Chances are Maryland forward Jordan Williams will hear his name called at some point during Thursday night’s NBA draft, though you might already be in bed by the time it happens. The majority of NBA draft experts have Williams, who was named all-ACC first team as a sophomore, pegged as a second-round pick . “Williams was one of the best rebounders in college basketball last season -- but he was a bit on the flabby side. He showed strength and toughness in the paint, but his lack of explosive leaping ability and conditioning were major issues,” wrote ESPN’s Chad Ford, who has Williams ranked as his No. 48 prospect in the 2011 draft . “Williams might be slightly undersized for a center (he measured 6-8 3/4 in socks, 6-10 in shoes at Impact)
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By Jeff Seidel, For The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2013
Allen Costley can often be found in Milford Mill's gym at 6 a.m., working on his shooting before classes begin. He did that once again Monday, and the extra practice paid off later in the day. Costley finished with a game-high 30 points, 18 of which came in the second half as No. 4 Milford Mill pulled away in the final two quarters en route to an 80-61 victory over visiting Dulaney in a Baltimore County Class 4A-3A game. Dulaney (16-2, 6-2) couldn't find a way to stop the 6-foot-4 junior forward, who scored from all over the court in a variety of ways.
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By Chris Hine, Tribune Newspapers | May 19, 2011
Josh Selby wasn't concerned about a potential NBA lockout. He wasn't concerned about the underwhelming, injury-plagued year he had at Kansas. The former Lake Clifton star was dead set on going to the NBA, and he isn't overly concerned with where he lands in the draft so long as he gets selected. "I have a motto — it's not really where you start, it's where you finish," Selby said at the NBA pre-draft camp Thursday. But with a looming lockout inserting uncertainty into this year's draft, where you start is pretty important too, given that first-round contracts provide guaranteed money.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2011
Maryland entered Sunday's game 2-8 in games decided by single digits. So forgive Terps fans if Maryland's 87-80 victory over N.C. State was a bit unsettling in the final minutes. Jordan Williams scored 26 points on 10-for-12 from the floor and Dino Gregory had a career-high 18 points to lead Maryland. Freshman guard Terrell Stoglin, who started along with fellow freshman Pe'Shon Howard, matched the career high of 25 points he set in Maryland's previous game against Virginia Tech.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2011
Maryland center Jordan Williams has tentatively filed to enter the NBA draft following a sophomore season in which he averaged double digits in scoring and rebounding but the Terps missed out on postseason play. Williams won't retain an agent, preserving his option to return to the Terps next season. He will have until May 8 to withdraw his name from the draft and maintain eligibility. "I'm excited about testing the waters and seeing where I would be," the player said Tuesday in a news release.
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By Matt Vensel | June 7, 2011
After a workout with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday morning, former Terps big man Jordan Williams said that ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt, a Maryland grad, was among those who advised him while he mulled over entering the NBA draft. Van Pelt “was a big factor in helping me make my decision,” Williams said. “Just giving me feedback, what he thought about it. Just trying to make me make the right decision,” Williams told The Washington Post’s Steve Yanda. “He did a great job, and I give him a lot of credit for going out of his way. … He's a really busy guy, so for him to go out of his way to do that is unbelievable .”  If Van Pelt really did steer Williams to the pros -- even if he was doing it in the player’s best interest -- it won’t go over well with Maryland supporters.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2011
It could hardly have been a more different Comcast Center scene Saturday afternoon as Maryland tried to prove there is indeed life after Duke. Seeking to move on from a dispiriting, 18-point loss to the fifth-ranked Blue Devils Wednesday night, the Terps ditched the gold uniforms they had worn in three Atlantic Coast Conference home losses and wore white instead. They shuffled their starting lineup, inserting flashy freshman Pe'Shon Howard. It was literally night (game) and day (game)
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2011
Sophomore center Jordan Williams — who led Maryland in rebounding in all but one game last season — signed with an agent and is entering the NBA draft, leaving the Terps with a frontcourt void. Williams' decision was not a surprise. After losing 25 pounds before the season, he averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds and said he believes he is well-positioned for the draft. His draft standing might be improved because the possibility of an NBA lockout next season has influenced other top college players to stay in school.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2012
In the days following last month's nationally televised announcement that Texas twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison had chosen Kentucky over Maryland, there was a lot of message board chatter about Mark Turgeon possibly losing out on other top recruits, including Roddy Peters of Suitland. The predictions of doom proved to be premature, as Peters announced less than two weeks later that he was coming to College Park next season. The expected arrival of Peters, which should become official when the week-long national signing period begins Wednesday, is a clear indication of a sea change on the local recruiting scene, where the Terps had often come up empty during the last few years of Gary Williams' 22-year career at Maryland.
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July 6, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Maryland finalized the elimination of seven athletic teams, but managed to preserve men's outdoor track through private fundraising . Any chance that some of these sports will return in the future? Jeff Barker: Schools do occasionally bring back sports as budget numbers or other circumstances change. Villanova once eliminated - then restored - football.
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SportsDirect Inc | April 6, 2012
Deron Williams scored 19 points and had 13 assists as the New Jersey Nets sent the visiting Washington Wizards to their fifth straight loss. Williams, who didn't play in Wednesday's loss to Portland because of a stomach virus, led five New Jersey players who scored in double figures. The Nets never trailed and built a 15-point lead in the first quarter. New Jersey's biggest advantage was 24 late in the fourth, as it won consecutive home games for the first time this season.
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By Don Markus | March 21, 2012
Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin tweeted today that he's returning for another year at College Park . That's great news for Stoglin's development, but is it great news for the Terps? Stoglin gradually grew on me this season. At the beginning of the year I posted a blog about whether Stoglin was going to become the next Greivis Vasquez or the next John Gilchrist. At the time, I thought he was leaning toward Gilchrist - a talented player who thought he was better than he really was and would bring an average Maryland team down.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
I wrote two stories for tomorrow's paper about Maryland sophomore Terrell Stoglin. I had been wanting to learn more about what kind of guy Terrell is, and whether he was assured of returning for his junior season. He's obviously a versatile scorer - tough, intense, rarely in doubt - and he has taken an almost unprecedented percentage of the team's shots this season. He accounts for slightly more than 30 percent of Maryland's field-goal attempts this season, which places him historically in a small group of Terps who really liked to shoot it. I looked into this bit of hoops history with John McNamara of the Annapolis Capital.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2012
 Coaching changes are not only good for college basketball programs, they are good for players. If the retirement of Gary Williams and the hiring of Mark Turgeon has helped reinvigorate the Terps when it comes to recruiting, it has also benefited junior forward James Padgett more than any other player. Maybe Padgett would have emerged after two disappointing years if Williams was still in College Park, but listening to Padgett talk earlier this season and watching him perform for the past month leads to me to believe that Turgeon has much to do with the leap Maryland's hardest-working player has taken from a bust to an offensive-rebounding beast.
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By Matt Vensel | June 8, 2011
The Washington Wizards were one of several teams that Maryland center Jordan Williams has worked out for as he runs the gamut before the June 23 NBA draft, and after Tuesday’s workout at Verizon Center, he said he has a hectic schedule the next couple of weeks as he tries to improve his draft stock. Williams told The Baltimore Sun that he decided to enter the draft after he left College Park in March to attend a basketball camp in Las Vegas. After a few weeks, he was convinced his game was NBA-ready . "I went to the camp with the mindset, 'I think I'm ready, but I know I've got to prove it,’" said Williams, who has dropped 19 pounds.
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Kevin Cowherd | May 4, 2011
I hope Jordan Williams isn't making a huge mistake. He's a great kid. And I hope he goes to the NBA and tears it up next season. But if you ask me if he's ready to compete with the best basketball players in the world over an 82-game grind, not counting the never-ending playoffs, my answer is no. One more year at College Park could have changed that. On the other hand, I know this will shock you: Williams, Maryland's leading scorer and rebounder as a sophomore last year, never asked for my opinion about declaring for the NBA draft.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2011
James Padgett came to Maryland three years with a reputation as a voracious rebounder and defender, the guy who did all the dirty work for Lance Stephenson at a Brooklyn basketball factory known as Lincoln High School. That image eroded during Padgett's first two seasons in College Park, when classmate Jordan Williams became a star and Padgett became mostly a cheerleader on the bench. When he got a chance to play, Padgett looked scared. Turns out, he was. Without making any direct references to his former coach, Gary Williams, Padgett said that the difference he feels under Mark Turgeon is "being able to make mistakes.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2011
Here is a look at Maryland's top players entering the 2011-12 season: Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin: Maryland found a scorer last season in Stoglin, who had at least 20 points in four regular-season games and was named to the All-ACC freshman team. He still seemed to be looking for balance in his game — how to get his teammates involved without losing his aggressive instincts. Coach Mark Turgeon said he'll have to be "selfish" at times because the depleted Terps will need him to score.
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