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Maryland basketball out of the running for 5-star SG Josh Jackson

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The Terps won't get 2016's best player.

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The Maryland basketball program won't be adding No. 1 2016 prospect Josh Jackson.

In an interview with Comcast SportsNet on Friday night, Jackson revealed three finalists that don't include Maryland: Michigan State, Arizona and Kansas. Those schools are "the only ones left in the race," he said.

Maryland seemed to have a legitimate shot at Jackson and was legitimately in the running. But the Terps were never the favorite for his services, per se, so maybe this shouldn't be particularly surprising.

Still, it stings a little bit for Maryland. The Terps figure to be fairly deep at guard next season, even if Melo Trimble leaves for the NBA, but Jackson is on a different level than virtually everybody else. He can also play small forward, a position where Maryland has no obvious replacement for graduating senior Jake Layman.

The Terps were always likely to take something of a step back in 2016-17, just because college basketball is a cyclical thing and a handful of top players are on their way out. Getting Jackson would've been the easiest way to stave off any regression, but now Mark Turgeon and his staff will look elsewhere for talent.