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MM 6.24: Chol Marial shows progress in recent open run scrimmage

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Maryland basketball’s Chol Marial clearly looks to have been working on his game since this past NCAA basketball season was cut short, as the 7’2 center showed serious signs of improvement in an open run scrimmage in Phoenix, Arizona on Sunday.

In the highlight reel cut up by Ballislife, Marial is seen swatting shots out of the air and throwing down thunderous dunks, while also showing off an improved handle and outside shot. Among some of the notable participants in the scrimmage were 2014 Pac-12 Player of the Year Nick Johnson, as well as 2021 Maryland target and Marial’s former teammate high school teammate TyTy Washington.

Marial saw only limited action with the Terps as a freshman, missing the early part of the season as he recovered from surgery on stress fractures in both legs before making his debut on Dec. 29. He didn’t see many minutes the rest of the year as he continued to recover and get back into basketball shape after not playing in over two years due to injury.

Yet after losing a sizable chunk of their previous frontcourt this offseason, Marial is expected to shoulder significant playing time in the coming season. And if his play from Sunday’s run translates to the college level, Marial could be in for a big season.

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In other news

Maryland football’s Jeshaun Jones spoke on his incredible college football debut against Texas as BTN re-aired the 2018 upset over No. 23 Texas.

The highlights from Jones’s debut:

Also part of Maryland Day on BTN, men’s basketball took fans back to when the unranked Terps knocked off No. 1 Florida on the road, with Scott Van Pelt on the call.

Head men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon introduced Terp fans to Maryland’s newest big man, Galin Smith.

Maryland women’s soccer’s Adalee Broadbent took over the team’s instagram account on Tuesday.