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MM 11.5: Anthony Cowan Jr. and Jalen Smith named to Naismith Watch List

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

Anthony Cowan Jr 2019-20 Maryland men’s basketball Sarah Sopher / Testudo Times

No. 7 Maryland men’s basketball teammates Jalen Smith and Anthony Cowan Jr. continue to get recognition as two of the best players in the country.

The duo was included in the 50 players that were named to the 2020 Citizen Naismith Trophy Men’s Player of the Year watch list, which is awarded to the most outstanding college basketball player, on Monday.

The Terps are just one of seven schools, including Davidson, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, to have two players put on the list.

The last Maryland player to win the prestigious award was Joe Smith in 1995.

Although the list of players is currently at 50, it will be cut down to 30 players in February and narrowed to 10 and four on March 5, 2020 and March 17, 2020, respectively.

Cowan, who was a unanimous selection for the Big Ten’s preseason all-conference team and the 2020 Bob Cousy Award watch list, is entering his final season in College Park. The senior guard is coming off of a season where he averaged 15.6 points and 4.4 assists per game.

Attempting to build off a stellar freshman year campaign, Smith was named to the Karl Malone Award watch list and a preseason All-Big Ten selection. The forward averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 blocks per contest last year.

In other news

Maryland football lost its fourth consecutive game to No. 14 Michigan on Saturday, and Wes breaks down the film to look at a few highlights and missteps for the Terps.

No. 7 Maryland men’s basketball kicks off its highly anticipated season tonight at 7:30 p.m. Here is all our preseason coverage so that you can catch up before the game. A game preview will be coming out later today.

No. 4 Maryland women’s basketball also starts its season at 11 a.m. today against Wagner. Here’s what you need to know about the matchup.

Maryland women’s basketball forward Shakira Austin will be a big part of the Terps’ success this season. Here’s how she dedicated herself to make a big jump from her freshman to her sophomore year.

Matt, Lila and Wes sat down to discuss the women’s basketball season in the latest Testudo Times Podcast, previewing what we can expect from the Terps this season.

Maryland football running back Javon Leake was named Big Ten Co-Special Teams Player of the Week — his second Big Ten weekly award and fourth of his career.

Maryland men’s basketball has been waiting for today since its loss to LSU on March 23, 2019.

Maryland announced a few new features to the Xfinity Center on Monday, including a lifesize poster of 7’2 center Chol Marial and upgraded men’s and women’s basketball team banners.

Maryland women’s basketball guard Kaila Charles was the No. 4 player on ESPNw’s top 25 players in women’s college basketball.

Maryland women’s basketball added its highest recruit ever over the weekend, High Post Hoops writer Matt Ward explains how she can make an immediate impact on the team next season.

Although Maryland men’s soccer lost to Michigan on Sunday, the team sent off a few impactful members of the program on senior day.

Maryland volleyball wished redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jada Gardner a happy 21st birthday.

Former Terp Brandon Lowe is a finalist for the AL Rookie of the Year award.

Former Terp Will Yeatman is the next player on Maryland’s featured hardshell. He discusses what he is doing now and how he balanced football and lacrosse in college.