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3 of Maryland’s 2018 commits will team up in the Capital Classic on Friday

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

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For the second year in a row, Maryland basketball will have three commits representing it at the annual Capital Classic. This time they’ll all be in the same game with Jalen Smith, Aaron Wiggins and Serrel Smith teaming up to represent the United States squad.

After some initial confusion about whether it would take place this year, the nation’s longest-running high school all-star game will take place in Catholic University’s DuFour Athletic Center on Friday, with the main game at 8 p.m. ET.

Five-star forward Jalen “Sticks” Smith co-headlines the US All-Stars with five-star Villanova signee Jahvon Quinnerly and four-star Florida signee Noah Locke, both former Maryland targets. They and his future Terps teammates will face the Capital All-Stars, headlined by a few more former targets in four-stars Prentiss Hubb, a Notre Dame signee, and Brandon Slater, another Villanova pledge.

Smith has been doing well on the All-Star circuit, with solid showings in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic. Wiggins, a four-star wing, recently took home the King of the Court title at the Iverson Roundball Classic and came in second at the three-point competition. Along with Serrel Smith, they’ll represent three-fourths of Maryland’s 2018 class that ranks No. 7 in the nation.

This comes a year after Smith’s former Mount Saint Joseph teammate Darryl Morsell had a solid showing in the classic, with US All-Star teammate Bruno Fernando being held out. Reese Mona, who was a walk-on commit, was also in the local all-star game that precedes the main event.

Testudo Times will be on hand once again to watch the future Terps. Here are the full rosters:

The Capital Classic

In other news

After increasing his national profile with eye-popping catches and custom shoes to match, Stefon Diggs has signed a new shoe deal with Adidas. He was a sneaker free agent last season, allowing him to display a bevy of customs.

Men’s lacrosse’s loss to Ohio State last weekend was a wake up call that exposed the Terps’ flaws. However, it’s not time to panic just yet.

Sports Illustrated’s latest big board has all three declared Terps in its top-50. Fernando is the highest ranked of the three at No. 22, Kevin Huerter is next at No. 42 and Justin Jackson is ranked No. 46. SI has been high on Fernando for a while, but unless he’s hearing that he’ll go in the first round, he’ll likely come back. Huerter’s still more likely to return for another season.

However, Jackson has signed with an agent, a decision that was panned as the biggest mistake of this year’s early entry period by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Time will tell whether betting on himself this year was the right call.

Get familiar with five-star women’s basketball signee Ashley Owusu, who’s part of a 2019 class that’s already four players strong, with this Q&A from NJHoopRecruit.

NBC Sports Washington’s latest episode of E-Boyz centers around former Terp and NFL player Ferrell Edmunds, who now has three sons trying to develop football careers of their own.

Lacrosse’s demographic is still overwhelmingly white. It’s also the nation’s fastest-growing sport. Former championship-winning Terps Isaiah Davis-Allen, Pat Young and James Bull are trying to help close that diversity gap at a local level by coaching the Prince George’s Lacrosse Club.