I normally don't really enjoy not do I write such posts. I am not going to pretend to be a huge advocate of Gary. I respect him for what he did to help MD and the heights he took the program to. I will be the first to admit that I became very frustrated with the man as one 5 star left after another to head to Syracuse, Memphis, duke, unc, etc. however his last class did give me hope, as well as the incoming class with Justin Anderson and most likely shaq. I would say that bino ranson was largely responsible for the new success but that's beside the point.
The point of this post is to point out that Jordan Williams decision to go pro could quite possibly be one of the top 5 most influential moments on MDs basketball history. His decision started the chain of events that lead to the most winningest coach in md history retiring. It lead to tomorrow night and the court naming ceremony that will take place. Take a look at all of the events and lives that his decision forever changed.
If Jordan doesn't go pro: Gary is still coaching today. Turge and spenelli are still at A&m. Hill is still at Kansas state and doesn't get a DUI in MD. Rob is coaching at MD and not at VA tech. Booth is coaching at MD and not a women's coach. Sterling Gibbs and Breunig are Terps. Alex Len and Jordan Williams man the best front court in the ACC. Justin Anderson and Shaq are next years incoming class, Seth Allen and jake layman commit elsewhere. Gary has the Terps as a top 20 team with wins against temple, fsu, and Iona. Only losses to Alabama and nc state. Jamal branch never transfers out of A&m and billy Gillespie is coaching elsewhere. Jordan Williams avoids being sent down to the d league and the possibility of never playing a minute in the NBA. Lastly, tomorrow night is huge for MD as two ranked teams battle it out, but it wouldn't begin with the tears from much of the fan base as they say hello and goodbye to their coach for the last time.
I love Turge and support him 100%. I am very excited about where I think he will take the program. However I can't help myself but to wonder how great this years team could have been with Jordan, Len, pankey, and padge in the post and stoglin outside. We will never know as one of the greatest post players md has ever had the privilege to watch left early to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA. I don't fault him and wish him the best. How different tomorrow could be though.
I hope we give duke hell for Gary, he deserves it, and our fan base desperately needs it.