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Must-Reads On Terps/Evans

Sports Illustrated takes a look at Maryland's gamble on juco guard Tyree Evans. He can score, but he also has quite a checkered past. Personally, I think the key to the marriage between coach and school is buried at the end of this long (and good) story:

Williams must hope that this union formed out of mutual desperation -- the Terrapins' desperation to return to the NCAAs, buoyed by Evans' scoring power and his desperation to salvage his basketball career -- will not end badly. Because if it does, Maryland won't be able to argue that it didn't know what it was getting into, and Evans won't be able to easily find another college basketball destination. Williams is playing perhaps his highest-risk recruiting game ever, and Evans claims he is not going to let it blow up in his coach's face. Evans says he will treat his scholarship as a blessing. And all Maryland can do, now, is try its best to believe him.

The general thought about Maryland's recent struggles is an overall lack of talent on the roster. Folks still think Gary Williams can coach; they just wonder about the team's recruiting and its ability to evaluate players. Gus Gilchrist will make a difference when he joins the Terps in mid-December. But Sean Mosley has yet to qualify academically and the Terps were faced with the prospect of losing their best player (James Gist) and not having much with which to replace him. Enter Evans. Time will tell whether it was worth the risk.

And here is more on Evans from the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

By Josh Barr  | May 5, 2008; 4:02 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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Comments

Evans being brought in is clearly a sign that Gary knows someone in the administration is looking to move him out. Otherwise there is no way he would bring in a 3 time convict who was kicked off of his CC team for being disruptive to team chemistry.

Posted by: Aaron | May 6, 2008 2:17 AM | Report abuse

If anyone can help, Gary can, and obviously this kid needs more structure than coddling. if being yelled and cussed at set him off, wait til first practise and then ACC away. this is the crazies dream. this isn't his last chance, probably pro ball in Turkey is if he doesn't pay attention, knuckle down and avoid trouble. i hope he makes it work

Posted by: devans | May 6, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

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