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Maryland women’s basketball’s Kaila Charles named to Cheryl Miller Award watch list

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

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College basketball preseason award and watch list season is in full swing. Maryland junior Kaila Charles is no stranger to these accolades, as she landed on the watch list for the Cheryl Miller Award, given to the nation’s top small forward, on Wednesday.

Charles was one of 20 small forwards on the watch list, and it’s just her latest preseason honor. On Monday, she was a unanimous selection to the All-Big Ten team as voted by both coaches and media.

Maryland point guard Channise Lewis was named to the watch list for the Nancy Lieberman Award earlier this week. The equivalent positional watch list on the men’s side were released last week. Maryland had two freshman appear on those lists—Aaron Wiggins for small forwards and Jalen Smith for centers, even though he’ll play power forward for the Terps—but returning players Anthony Cowan Jr. and Bruno Fernando were left off.

In other news

Maryland basketball got a 2019 commitment for the first time since last August, as three-star forward Donta Scott pledged to the Terps.

The current team will need Cowan to be its leader all year. He’s ready for that responsibility.

Elsewhere in college basketball, all three defendants in the federal corruption trial were ruled guilty yesterday.

Maryland football plays Illinois this week. That’s star linebacker Tre Watson’s former team.

I caught up with The Champaign Room to get an Illinois perspective on this game. (Our corresponding Q&A is here.)

The Washington Post has this touching story on Kasim Hill and his sister, Kaylah, who suffers from Down syndrome.

Our latest podcast touches on football, basketball, investigations and more.

Maryland volleyball couldn’t keep up with No. 6 Illinois on the road.

And on a more somber note, Maryland wrestling has cancelled tonight’s Red-Black Wrestle-Offs as the program mourns the loss of Yousiff Hemida’s mother and grandfather.