Jul 18, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Team USA East player Dion Wiley (14) passes the ball against Team France during the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity University in Washington, DC. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
It looks like the Maryland Terrapins basketball team is locked and loaded for what will tentatively be called BahaMania ’13 (TM)! The Terps will return to the the motherland of Shaquille Cleare to face off against three different Bahamian teams from Tuesday, August 6th to Friday, August 9th. I’m not entirely sure how competitive the talent they play will be, but the bigger thing is that Shaq gets to go home, and the team gets to bond. And probably also impress the locals with their chiseled attributes they honed in the offseason. (Pete Volk, TestudoTimes.com)
On the football side of things, the Terps recently courted the best player in Maryland for the 2015 football class. By most indications, the trip went pretty well, even if Edsall sees said recruit as more of an offensive player than his listed position on defense. Still, for a kid who wants to major in communications, good luck finding many other schools that can beat out Maryland in that regard. (Chris Anderson, InsideMDSports.com)
In case you haven’t heard, Melo Trimble tore it up at the Fab 48 in Las Vegas this past weekend, and in case you really hadn’t heard: he a Terp. Seriously, Melo Trimble has been rising in the rankings faster than most people realize, having leapfrogged fellow 2014 Maryland commit Dion Wiley over the summer. His shooting stroke is not something to be messed with, and his versatility on offense is going to mean Maryland can put him in a lot of different roles when he gets here. If that doesn’t get you excited, I’m not sure what does. (David Schoen, ReviewJournal.com)
In case you were looking a little ahead to 2014, there’s some concern in Big Ten country about whether or not the football conference will ever regain it’s status as a powerhouse again. The main reason for the disparity between the SEC and the B1G? Recruiting, says Rick Brown of the Des Moines Register. It’s hard to deny that the SEC gets most of the top-tier talent nowadays, but that doesn’t mean it can’t change. What does this mean for the Terps? Well, they’ve got to continue to reign in the best local talent (as well as a few out-of-state pieces) in order to even be in the discussion.