For many faithful Maryland followers the start of the basketball season can’t come fast enough considering the so far disappointing campaign the football team is having. The Terps have been ranked in the pre-season top 25 by several publications. What can we look forward to and what questions need to be answered. Terp fans are anxiously looking forward to seeing freshman Jordan Williams, a 6-10 center from Connecticut and 6-8 forward-center James Padgett from New York. Can either or both make the starting line-up and give much needed help in the paint to a Maryland team that had little height or depth on the frontline last year. I don’t expect either to provide much scoring early in the season but Williams will probably be asked to score points as the season goes on. These 2 freshmen need to be able to rebound, play defense and create a physical presence inside for Maryland to be successful this year. Landon Milbourne would be one player to benefit if Williams and Padgett get into the starting line-up. The 6-7 senior from Georgia had to play as an undersized power forward last year and the hope is the left-hander can move to a more comfortable small forward position where his size, athleticism and hustle would make him a greater scoring threat. Cliff Tucker at 6-6 returns for his junior year. The swingman from El Paso can shoot the three and is very good handling the ball and could be used as a point forward, shooting guard and play the point if needed. I look for Tucker to have a break-out year. Dino Gregory is back for 3rd year and the Baltimore native will probably be asked to score more from the inside as the 2 freshmen develop. Gregory showed promise as a defender last year and his hustle stood out. Though an undersized 6-7 he is best playing in the paint. Tomorrow the backcourt and the rest of the team.
Blog from Freddy from Boca
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