With Maryland basketball looking to fill the scholarship vacancies left by Justin Jackson and Dion Wiley, another grad transfer has emerged as a potential fit. Former Old Dominion forward Trey Porter will take an unofficial visit College Park on Friday, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Porter’s on the market after a career season, where he doubled his previous year’s scoring average with 13.2 points along with 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He’s a Fredericksburg, Virginia, native who began his college career at George Mason and transferred after his freshman season.
The 6’11 forward graduated in December, making him eligible immediately, and has ties to the area. His mom currently lives in Annapolis, and Porter likes the idea of playing close to home. He’s also attracted to Maryland’s recent reputation of developing big men and told The Sun his decision would be unaffected by Bruno Fernando’s draft decision.
This is the second grad transfer big the Terps have hosted, after former St. John’s center Tariq Owens took an official last week, just before the departures. Maryland is reportedly still in the lead for Owens, although he’s visiting Texas Tech this weekend. Mark Turgeon has four scholarships available and seems likely to use at least one on a grad transfer big.
In other news
Football’s in the midst of spring practice, and Jared learned a lot from the latest open practice inside Cole Field House. Here are his notes from the second to last open practice before the annual Spring Game on April 14.
Maryland had to spend a good amount to get Matt Canada to College Park, InsideMDSports reported. The university will pay Canada $700,000 annually, the same amount his predecessor Walt Bell will make at Florida State, over the next three seasons.
While a good amount has been made of Rayshad Lewis being Ray’s son, he may also be the next Terp to play on both sides of the ball.
Women’s lacrosse easily dispatched another top-10 opponent, handling Virginia for its 13th straight win in the last decade of matchups.
Football was projected to go 5-7 by ESPN’s 2018 Football Power Index, which also ranked them 61st in the FBS and 11th in the Big Ten.
ESPN also released its first 2018-19 basketball bracketology, and, though Fernando’s decision could alter this, the Terps are slotted as a No. 10 seed in the Midwest nearly a year out.
In anticipation of inclement weather on Saturday, women’s lacrosse and baseball both moved games to Friday. Women’s lacrosse will now face Rutgers at 5 p.m. ET, and baseball will now play a doubleheader against Illinois on Friday.
If you need more proof that Jermaine Carter Jr. should be a legitimate NFL prospect, here’s the start of a tidy thread with some evidence.
Okay Jermaine Carter Jr, you have my attention.— The Mick Nartin™ (@themicknartin) April 4, 2018
Love how he doesn't get caught up in the trash, squares up and tackles Barkley in the A gap. pic.twitter.com/AaqQQqbDW1