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Maryland basketball’s Brionna Jones is a Naismith semifinalist

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

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Maryland center Brionna Jones was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Award on Thursday. However, fellow senior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough did not make the list, after being named to the top 30.

Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell is the only other Big Ten representative in the top ten. Perennial powerhouse Connecticut has three finalists and Washington senior Kelsey Plum also made the cut.

Jones is having a senior season to remember and both seniors are currently projected to go in the first round of the WNBA Draft. Jones is averaging 19.3 points and 10.7 rebounds per game on ridiculous 69 percent shooting, and Walker-Kimbrough is averaging 18.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.7 assists while shooting 54 percent from the field and 45 percent from behind the arc.

The Terps’ stars will get start their last conference tournament Friday. Terps women’s basketball opens Big Ten tournament play against Minnesota Friday at 6:30 p.m.

In other news

Former Maryland tackle Michael Dunn knows his NFL odds are low, and he’s embracing that.

In our latest podcast, we discuss what Maryland fans should take from the Terps’ latest skid.

The Baltimore Sun took a look at seven DMV locals to watch at the NFL Combine.

Purdue won the Big Ten with Wisconsin’s loss to Iowa. We’ll have more coming on what that means for the Terps later today.