The 2nd of a 3 part series on Maryland basketball by the Washington Post came out today and part two is 100 times better then part one. The story details the ins and outs of AAU recruiting and citing specific examples of shady recruiting practices that Gary Williams refuses to undertake.
I think this story sheds a lot of light on some of Maryland's recruiting "problems" the last few years. It seems like there are a lot of shady practices going on in the recruiting world and Gary refuses to take part.
Some examples from the article, which I would recommend highly to anyone who cares about Maryland Basketball:
In 2005, Md had a position open on their roster for an assistant coach and a coach from an AAU team, who was also coaching as an assistant at Charlotte, wanted to fill that vacated spot. The coach worked with the same AAU team that Michael Beasley played on. It was widely believed that where ever this guy became a coach, Beasley would follow. The problem was that this guy wanted $450,000-500,000 to become a coach where ever he ended up. Gary said "no way" and refused to pay $500,000 to land a recruit.
"To bring Beasley, it cost $450,000, for sure," he said. "We know that. We didn't have $450,000. So we are not going to get Beasley."
"Third-party recruiting -- in other words, making sure somebody gets taken care of [financially] -- I am not going to do it," Williams said. "Period. There is no argument there. If that makes me a bad recruiter, then I am a bad recruiter."