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Maryland basketball’s Aaron Wiggins named to Julius Erving Award watch list

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

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Maryland freshman Aaron Wiggins was one of 20 players named to the watch list for the Julius Erving Award, given to the nation’s top small forward, on Wednesday.

Wiggins is one of six freshmen on the list, joining high school teammate Jaylen Hoard and a handful of former Maryland targets (Cameron Reddish, Keldon Johnson and Louis King). Wiggins was the No. 42 overall player in the 2018 class, and while it’s unclear whether he or Eric Ayala will round out Maryland’s starting lineup, he’s got the tools to be an immediate impact player.

By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2019 Erving Award will be narrowed to 10. Five finalists will be chosen in March. The winner of the award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, April 12, 2019, along with the other four members of the Naismith Starting 5.

The Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s top point guard, doesn’t have Anthony Cowan Jr. on its watch list, which was released Monday. “It is what it is at this point,” Cowan said at media day, very clearly holding back from saying something that’d get him in trouble.

The Hall of Fame will announce the watch list for the Karl Malone Award (power forwards) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (centers) later this week.

In other news

I wrote about why you should be optimistic about Maryland basketball, because it’s October and everything is still great.

We’ve got some sort of a timeline on the investigation into Maryland football’s culture.

Here’s a story on Maryland volleyball senior Liz Twilley, who’s back producing in the starting lineup and after being relegated to the bench last season.

Maryland football defensive backs Darnell Savage and Tino Ellis are here to talk about the secondary’s performance against Rutgers (if you forgot, the Terps had five picks and allowed two completions).

And we extend our best wishes to Chris Odoi-Atsem, a former Maryland soccer player and current member of D.C. United who’s been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.