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Maryland Minute: 6-10-09


Remember the good old days, before most of you guys were reading on a regular basis, when we had a semi-regular daily links style post? Well, it's back, rebranded, and better than ever. Every single weeknight (Monday through Friday, for those of you thinking-challenged), we'll be posting a roundup of all Terp-related links of the day, and maybe some general interest links. After a no-roundup Saturday that will surely leave a void in your life, Sunday night will feature a big weekend roundup of glorious linkage. All of this will be known as The Maryland Minute, the idea being you can get all the news you need in about a minute - no need to scour the web for hours, because we do that for you. So, sit back, relax, enjoy, and read the post in about a minute:

Yahoo Sports Discusses One-And-Dones, Lance
It's a good read, not just because Lance is the focus (although that is the main reason), but also because it discusses an interesting dilemma. Anyway, on Lance:

College coaches had little interest in talking about Stephenson’s shooting, rebounding or all-around skills that would have made him a potential first-round pick in the NBA draft this year, if not for the league’s 19-year-old age rule. Most of the coaches who called, according to Morton, voiced concerns about off-the-court issues, including rumors that Stephenson’s family accepted money based on their son’s future earning potential – a violation of NCAA rules.

2009 NBA Top 100 Camp Roster
49 of the top 50 rising seniors will be at this camp. The one who's not? Terrence Ross. But of course. Terp recruits in attendance are Justin Coleman, Jon Graham, Tobias Harris, Terrence Jones, Mychal Parker, and Roscoe Smith.

ESPN says Quinn Cook was a "standout" at US National Team Workout
Quinn Cook very well could be Maryland's top 2011 prospect. If he keeps up performances like those at the US U16 National Workout, maybe he should be.

Cook was one of the major standouts due to his feathery shooting touch and surprisingly solid point guard play. He doesn't possess the ideal size for the Division I level, but he certainly has the game for the highest level. Prior to seeing him at the trials, I envisioned Cook as an undersized 2-guard, but he definitely showed here that point guard is his projected position at the next level. The point guard crop wasn't special, with the exception of Anthony Wroten Jr., but Cook was the best combination of scorer/playmaker of the bunch. Besides his tremendous shooting touch, Cook changes speed very well and threw some dynamite passes in transition. In addition, he executed the pick-n-roll very well and facilitated the offense on a high-level. When he didn't dish off to his teammates he has an innate ability to score amongst the bigs, including a soft floater.

Report: USC Trojans coach Tim Floyd submits resignation
Tim Floyd has reportedly resigned as coach of the USC Trojans. Well, I wonder what that could be about. I wonder if Momo Jones would consider Maryland, once he decommits. Doubtful, but stranger things have happened.

Tim Floyd suddenly resigned as basketball coach at Southern California on Tuesday following allegations that he gave $1,000 in cash to a man who helped steer former star player O.J. Mayo to the Trojans.

Floyd submitted a one-paragraph letter to USC athletic director Mike Garrett saying he was quitting after four seasons because he no longer had full enthusiasm for his job.

Miami's Dwayne Collins withdraws from NBA draft
Kind of expected, Collins' return should keep Miami from the cellar next year.

The 6-foot-8 Collins was Miami's second-leading scorer last season, averaging 10.6 points per game. He also had a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game during the 2008-09 season.

Miami coach Frank Haith said in a statement that Collins "has the potential to be one of the best big men in the ACC this season."