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MM 5.31: Maryland men’s basketball hires Ricky Harris as director of player personnel

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

Photo courtesy of UMass Athletics/Chris Tucci

Maryland men’s basketball announced the hiring of Ricky Harris as its new new Director of Player Personnel Tuesday.

He replaces Tevon Saddler, who left Maryland in April to become the head coach at Nicholls State.

Harris spent the past two seasons as the director of basketball operations at his alma mater, UMass. Before joining that staff, he played 129 games for the Minutemen. He then played 11 seasons overseas.

Harris grew up in Baltimore, where he attended Calvert Hall College High School. He’s the school’s third all-time leading scorer, the first being Terps legend Juan Dixon.

In other news

As part of the Big Ten’s new TV deal, Maryland football’s first game on NBC will be a primetime matchup against Charlotte. The news was first reported by Brett McMurphy of The Action Network.

Per Rocco Miller, Maryland men’s basketball will host Coppin State on Dec. 28. The Terps defeated the Eagles last season, 95-79.

Maryland gymnastics landed NC State transfer Hailey Merchant.

Maryland women’s basketball forward Faith Masonius confirmed her return to the team as a graduate student next season. The news was originally reported in March.