GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 11: Jordan Williams #20 of the Maryland Terrapins shoots against Mason Plumlee #5 and Miles Plumlee #21 of the Duke Blue Devils during the first half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 11, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The Diamondback on Jordan's Draft Decision
I'm a day late, I know, but seriously, not much else (solid) went on over the weekend. Some interesting quotes in here from Jonathan Givony, DraftExpress.com's head man.
"The season that Maryland has kind of speaks for itself," said Jonathan Givony, the director of scouting for DraftExpress.com, which ranked Williams the No. 79 overall prospect for the 2011 NBA Draft. "In terms of the effectiveness of the way he played, being the go-to guy for a team that wasn't even invited to the NIT, I don't think that's really going to impress many people in terms of his resumé." ...
"What he needs to work on is playing hard consistently," Givony said. "On the defensive end especially, there are a lot of occasions where you watch him and you say, ‘Is this guy giving 100 percent despite the numbers and all that?' He's a guy that's going to be a role player in the NBA, and he can't be taking possessions off."
Jordan isn't a defensive monster, but things looked better when he became a one-man block party in the ACC Tournament. Like most, I'm hoping that Jordan comes back for a year, but unlike most, I wouldn't be surprised at all if he didn't.
Cleare "In Love" with Maryland - IMS
It's a teaser, but unless the headline is unbelievably cruelly taken out of context, it sounds pretty promising.
Again, Cleare is pretty much Jordan Pt. II. He has amazing hands, surprisingly soft touch, and light, quick feet. The only problem is conditioning - which was a problem with Jordan, too - but that should improve with time.
At least one site says so. And looking at the other names, I have to agree.
NCAA women’s basketball: Maryland’s young players have much to learn about March Madness - WaPo
The youth of this team will probably be crippling...eventually. But it means the future is that much brighter.
Local Paper on Anderson's Commitment
Justin Anderson's hometown paper, the Free Lance-Star, has a story on his commitment.
"It was a lot of things," Anderson said of what factored into his decision. "I think this is a great decision for me, a great decision for my family. The location of Maryland was definitely a factor. The coaching staff was definitely a factor. Just being able to make an impact as a freshman was another reason I chose to attend Maryland."
Catalino Scores 100th Goal In Terps' Rout of UMBC
Maryland won 15-6, while senior Grant Catalino had a career-high-tying six goals to reach 100 for his career.