From the second I saw the physical presence of Maryland’s 2009 recruits, Jordan Williams and James Padgett, I was excited about the Terrapins future. Watching them play only accentuated the feeling that perhaps the Terps might become the bullies of the ACC over the next few years. James is Gary’s dream player, playing at 100% even when the game became a dunking contest. James was able to gain positon to convert 11 of 13 shots and clearly claim the MVP award. For all of you oldtimers reading this, James reminds me of Bailey Howell always in the right place at the right time. Jordan Williams only played 14 minutes but had 7 rebounds, 4 blocks, ran the court extremely well, and played very physical. I had not read much about his defensive prowess but he was in every scrum and battle while he was in the game. Jordan also dropped in a smooth 15 foot pull up jumper. When James and Jordan started the 2nd half, the US team virtually put the game out of reach. These are 2 guys who will immediately impact the team and turn our heads away from worrying about the rebound stat every game.To Gary and his staff landing these 2 guys is a job WELL DONE!!!!
Several other players really impressed me:
Richard Howell, forward NC State bound had 8 rebounds and 17 points
Donte Hill, shooting guard Clemson bound– had a double double
Terrell Vinson from St Francis and rumored to be Clemson bound nailed three 3 point shots
Andrew Fitzgerald–Center and Oklahoma bound scored 12 points with 8 rebounds
Robert Olsen a guard and heading to Loyola had a nice floor game.
Pictured below is #35 James Padgett, Jordan being introduced and the All Tourney Team