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MM 10.3: Anthony Cowan Jr. and Jalen Smith receive Big Ten preseason honors

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Maryland basketball Anthony Cowan Jr. vs Ohio State Lila Bromberg / Testudo Times

Wednesday marked Big Ten men’s basketball media day, and a couple of Terps were honored by the conference.

Senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. and sophomore forward Jalen Smith were named to the 2019-20 Preseason All-Big Ten Team, with the former as an unanimous selection.

It’s the second consecutive honor for Cowan. Last year, he earned a spot on the All-Big Ten Second Team, making both the media and coach’s lists. It was for good reason, as Cowan averaged 15.6 points, 4.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game while shooting 39.3 percent from the field.

As for Smith, it’s his first such accolade after turning in an impressive freshman season a year ago. The 6’10 big man averaged 11.7 points per game while adding 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and a 49.2 shooting percentage. With Bruno Fernando gone to the NBA, Smith will have to be the main option in the post for Maryland this season.

Together, the duo is expected to be big leaders for Maryland basketball, at least in terms of on-court production. Cowan will be tasked with facilitating to the rest of the rotation as well as scoring at a high rate, while Smith — with a lot of added weight to his frame — could feasibly lead the team in scoring, rebounding, shooting percentage and blocks.

In other news

Check out some content from Rosemont, Illinois. We’ll have more on that coming shortly.

Maryland basketball fans seem to be confident in the team making a long run in March.

Maryland football, led by linebacker Keandre Jones, held a players-only meeting on Sunday looking to get the season back on track. Read about that here.

Redshirt junior running back Lorenzo Harrison III had surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn MCL and partially torn ACL.

Maryland men’s soccer picked up another victory, defeating Rutgers on Wednesday night by a 3-1 score.

Katie Myers made the most of her opportunity with USA Volleyball in Japan over the summer.

Austin broke down the upcoming Big Ten showdown between No. 4 Maryland field hockey and No. 5 Northwestern, which starts at 4 p.m.

Mike previewed Maryland women’s soccer’s game against Ohio State, which goes down today at 7 p.m.

Maryland women’s basketball gave an inside look at one of its practices.

Defending national champion Maryland women’s lacrosse began fall practice.

Maryland wrestling is gearing up for its 2019-20 season, which begins on Nov. 2.