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Maryland basketball is absent from most ‘way-too-early’ rankings

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

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The National Championship is over, which means everybody who writes about college basketball is writing their “This won’t really matter in a couple months” top-25 lists. Looking around the internet, Maryland isn’t on most of them.

Sporting News, NBC Sports, and ESPN have all released their “way-too-early” top-25 lists, and Maryland is nowhere to be found. Our parents over at SB Nation don’t even have the Terps in their top 35 teams for next season.

However, the Terps did manage to snag the 25th and final spot on Fox Sports’ earliest ranking.

The most optimistic outlook for Maryland surprisingly comes from San Jose. The Mercury News has the Terps ranked 20th, even if their reasoning might be a little vague and ambitious:

Even without Melo Trimble, the Terps are stocked for a run at the Big Ten title.

We’ve done positional breakdowns of how Maryland looks heading into next season. The Terps are still stocked at guard. However, outside of Kevin Huerter and Justin Jackson there’s not much at forward, and injuries forced forwards to masquerade as centers most of this past season.

Maryland has two four-star recruits coming in, and now has two open scholarships to stock up if they’re going to make that run at a conference title.

In Other News

Our staff woke up to a surprise: Destiny Slocum is one of three players transferring from the women’s basketball program.

As is tradition here, Slocum’s transfer prompted a couple columns. Thomas Kendziora wrote about what this means for next season’s roster, and Justin Fitzgerald reflected on the Slocum era that could have been.

Maryland men’s basketball made the top nine for four-star California shooting guard Jemarl Baker.

In football news, here’s an early look at what Maryland’s quarterback depth chart might look like. Also, Jacquille Veii is back and ready to play after transferring to and from Towson.

Baseball beat Richmond in a slugfest. They’ll face Nebraska in a three-game series this weekend.

Women’s lacrosse looks to stay undefeated against No. 18 Virginia in Charlottesville tonight at 7 p.m.