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Maryland women’s basketball’s Diamond Miller wins gold medal with USA U-19 team

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

Diamond Miller gold medal Shay Robinson

Last November, Maryland women’s basketball signed the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for 2019, adding four blue-chip recruits to their already-deep rotation. In May, one of those highly-touted incoming freshmen, Diamond Miller, the No. 18 overall prospect in the Class of 2019, was named to the Team USA roster for the FIBA Under-19 Women’s Basketball World Cup.

Miller and the USA team capped off their journey Sunday by beating Australia 74-70 in a thrilling overtime game in Bangkok, Thailand, marking the eighth time that the USA U-19 Women have taken home the gold medal.

Miller, a 6’1 shooting guard, appeared in every game but the championship, averaging seven minutes and two points per game as Team USA posted an undefeated 7-0 overall record. Miller’s best performance came in the quarterfinals against Canada, where she logged 11 minutes and scored six points.

This is the second time that Miller has medalled with a national team, earning her first gold medal in 2017 with the USA U-16s in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With her second medal, Miller is the 10th Terp under head coach Brenda Frese to win a gold medal in international play.

Miller, the 2019 Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year and 2018-19 Player of the Year, has had a lot of recent on-court success, leading her team to a 34-0 record during her senior season before this international accomplishment. She will look to build on that success when she arrives to Maryland in the fall for her freshman season.

In other news

Anthony Cowan Jr. went off in Georgetown’s Kenner League, scoring 52 points in what is believed to be the league’s highest-scoring performance since Steve Francis scored 60-plus in the early 2000s (when he was already in the NBA).

Maryland football got its first commit of the 2021 class when Jayon Venerable announced his commitment on Saturday.

Eyabi Anoma, the No. 4 overall player in the 2018 class from Baltimore, has re-entered the transfer portal. The news comes two days after Anoma was “currently not attending classes” at Alabama. He appeared in 12 games for the Tide and recorded nine tackles last season. Mike Locksley led the recruiting effort that brought Anoma to Tuscaloosa.

Former Terps Kristi Toliver and Alyssa Thomas had solid showings in the WNBA All-Star Game, despite their team falling just short.

2019 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Maxwell Costes highlights the roundup of the summer league baseball circuit

We are continuing to preview the Maryland football team, position by position, so don’t forget to check out the defensive line and linebackers outlook for the 2019 season

Former Maryland soccer player Donovan Pines received some high praise over the weekend:

With the Detroit Lions cutting Theo Riddick on Saturday, it is Ty Johnson’s time, from LionsWire.

And Richaud Pack announced he has organized a team of Terps alumni that will compete in The Basketball Tournament in 2020.