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Maryland basketball missing on Anthony Tarke may open the door for a different late addition

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

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Maryland basketball did not land NJIT transfer and Gaithersburg, Maryland, native Anthony Tarke Thursday afternoon, but all may not be lost. NC State released four-star small forward Saddiq Bey from his letter of intent Wednesday, and the Sidwell Friends prospect seems to be in play for the hometown Terps.

Tarke is a 6’6 forward who could have been a reinforcement on the wing after sitting out due to transfer rules. Instead, he’s headed to UTEP. In his stead, Maryland may turn back to the local product it didn’t land the first time around. Mark Turgeon and the Terps were lightly involved in Bey’s initial recruitment, and didn’t make his final six last fall before he ultimately made the call for NC State, but may be one of his best options this late in the recruiting cycle.

With Kevin Huerter exploding at the NBA Combine, the 6’7, 195-pound Bey would be a more immediate replacement at the three. Maryland has already signed Trace Ramsey, a 6’7, 200-pound forward, in the Class of 2018. That leaves one scholarship open for the upcoming season provided both Huerter and Bruno Fernando comeback to school, which seems ... unlikely at this point in time.

In other news

Huerter is having a great NBA Combine, though it still seems likely he’ll return to school with eyes on a bigger pay day in next year’s draft.

Fernando is looking like he may elect to stay in the draft, from The Washington Post, but is still undecided.

Maryland softball’s season is over. Lets look back at how it went and forward to next year.

Both Maryland tennis and cross country earned perfect four-year Academic Progress Rates, the athletic department announced Wednesday.

Maryland baseball lost a lead late against Indiana last night, falling 6-5, but with two games left in the regular season, are still in a Big Ten tournament spot because Michigan State also lost.