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Maryland freshman point guard Roddy Peters will not wear Juan Dixon’s old number

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As the top local recruit in a solid recruiting class coming to College Park in the fall, Roddy Peters didn’t need to do much to endear himself to Maryland fans.

A 6’4″ point guard from Suitland High School in District Heights, Maryland, Peters comes to the Terrapins with a lot of hype as Rivals regarded him as the No. 48 player in the 2013 national class and he also comes to College Park from the D.C. Assault’s highly-renowned point guard pipeline.

But for the last few weeks on Maryland’s athletics website, Peters was listed as wearing No. 3 for his upcoming freshman season. While wearing No. 3 as a new Maryland player might elicit a shrug from the common fan, it hasn’t been worn since Terrapin legend Juan Dixon helped lead Maryland to the National Championship in 2002 as the ACC  Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in his senior season.

But according to Daniel Martin of CSN Baltimore, Peters has reversed course on wearing No. 3 for the upcoming season. Instead, he told Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun that he’ll wear No. 2.

“As of today, Peters is listed as No. 2 and according to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, it was Peters’ choice to pay respect to Dixon by switching,” Martin said.

This is a smart move for Peters, who now doesn’t have to shoulder the additional unwarranted expectations that surely would have come as the first guy to rock Juan Dixon’s old number.

If Peters can give the Terrapins consistent offense as a scorer and distributor this season — and stay around for a few years like Dixon did — I’m sure Maryland fans will be more than grateful.

North Carolina to wear black jerseys December 19 vs. UCLA

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While there have been some alterations made to North Carolina’s basketball uniforms over the years, there haven’t been too many drastic shifts. Of course there was the move to the Alexander Julian-designed argyle print during the 1990’s, and there were also those jerseys in 1999 that had the interlocking “NC” logo as opposed to “North Carolina” on the front.

Friday the program announced a major uniform change for its game against UCLA December 19 in Brooklyn. North Carolina will be wearing black jerseys for the first time in school history. Senior guard Marcus Paige showed off the new look to his teammates, and it’s safe to say that they’re happy with the new uniforms.

Traditionalists probably won’t like the uniforms, and that’s fine. Changes such as these tend to focus more on the younger crowd (especially recruits), which in some instances like the status that can come with having something that’s both new and exclusive.

Villanova forward to undergo hip surgery

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Two-time defending Big East champion Villanova will be down a man in its front court, as the program announced Friday that freshman forward Tim Delaney will undergo hip surgery. According to the release a torn labrum in Delaney’s left hip is the reason for the surgery, and it has yet to be determined how long the freshman will be sidelined.

“I’m disappointed for Tim,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in the release. “Tim had a great summer and preseason. He’s a very coachable young man and was picking up everything we do. The good news is that the doctors tell us this is an injury that can be fixed and we know Tim will be fully committed to his rehab.”

Villanova’s front court rotation will be led by senior Daniel Ochefu, who averaged 9.2 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game in 2014-15. Junior Darryl Reynolds and sophomore Kris Jenkins will also see minutes in the front court, with redshirt freshman guard/forward Mikal Bridges factoring into the competition as well.

Villanova also has Fordham transfer Eric Paschall, but he isn’t eligible to compete in games this season.