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Grad transfer C Tariq Owens will visit Maryland basketball this week

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

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Maryland basketball will get the first shot to impress grad transfer center Tariq Owens, as he’ll take an official visit to College Park this Tuesday and Wednesday, InsideMDSports reported over the weekend.

The Terps were first reported to be on Owens’ short list soon after he received his release from St. John’s, and now he seems like head coach Mark Turgeon’s No. 1 priority. Owens is also reportedly considering Ole Miss, Ohio State, Texas Tech, VCU, Western Kentucky and Old Dominion.

The 6’11 center was the Big East’s top shot-blocker, averaging 2.8 swats a game, while also contributing 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a night. Owens is a local kid, having played high school ball at St. Vincent Pallotti in Laurel before going to Tennessee his freshman year. After rarely seeing court time, he transferred and sat a year before emerging this past season as an integral part of Chris Mullin’s defense.

He’ll graduate in May and be eligible to contribute immediately on a team that could still lose one or both of Justin Jackson or Bruno Fernando to the draft, although neither are popping up consistently on mock drafts.

Maryland has just one open scholarship at the moment, but could free up more with departures. Either way, Owens would help bolster Maryland’s frontcourt and be an experienced counterweight to its 14th-ranked 2018 recruiting class.

In other news

Assuming Jackson and Fernando decide to return, Owens would be joining a team that KenPom projects would be No. 11 in 2018-19.

Men’s lacrosse held off a late rally by North Carolina in the Pacific Coast Shootout to finish non-conference play 7-1.

Women’s lacrosse cemented itself as the team to beat, knocking off No. 3 James Madison to topple its second straight undefeated team.

Baseball took its weekend series with Stetson, propelled by two dominant games on the mound.

Softball also took its weekend series, opening Big Ten play by taking two against Penn State.

Melo Trimble and Diamond Stone both wrapped up productive G-League seasons over the weekend, while L.G. Gill also had a surprisingly solid season, from InsideMDSports.

Gymnastics head coach Brett Nelligan was named Big Ten Coach of the Year on Saturday, for guiding the Terps to their most successful season since joining the conference. Maryland will find out if it’s in the NCAA Championships field later today.