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Looking at the Terps' Struggles

Want to know why Maryland is struggling? Read today's installment on the Terps' recruiting woes, which details Gary Williams' preference for avoiding many of the headaches that go into recruiting top players.

In case you missed it, here is yesterday's story, detailing how the Terps missed on several recruiting targets.

By Josh Barr  | February 13, 2009; 10:11 AM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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maybe you guys at the post should take out some ads on TV to get people to read about this too. I don't think Gary has done the best job recruiting, but this is overkill.

Posted by: mcw28 | February 13, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

If it's overkill, that's because the area media has ignored the question for so long. Probably out of desire to avoid a flood of 'you hate Maryland' letters from devout fans. But the cat's out of the bag now.

The article has actually improved my opinion of Gary. I thought maybe he was just lazy, or possibly arrogant -- something that's been suggested over the past half-decade. There does seem to have been an unhealthy increase in AAU influence that I didn't fully appreciate. I had also thought that it was bad judgment to pursue players like Tyreke Evans, but now I see he was operating on incomplete information.

Not that a kid with Tyreke's tainted past could ever have been happy in College Park -- the students would have hounded him mercilessly. That's the price of playing in the nation's capital.

Still, it looks to me like Maryland has argued itself into a box. Gary can't get Top 50 players unless he takes risks on nonpredictors. If he takes the risk and it doesn't work out (Gilchrist, Evans), he's out in the cold for replacements. A couple unsuccessful seasons and he finds himself in a hole without much of a shovel.

Of course, a jolt of good luck would help. Padgett or Williams emerging from the cocoon as Joe Smith or Lonny Baxter. Landon Milbourne turning into DJ Strawberry II. Vasquez stuffing his ego in the suitcase and staying another season.

I remember when two second-line big men (Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert) decided to go to Georgetown a few years back. Hibbert was thought to be the third best prospect on his high school team, and the media found Green underwhelming. Then the Hoyas made do with a walk-on PG. And yet, that was the foundation for a really solid program -- the sort that Maryland wants to be, again.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 14, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Gary Williams (Sweathog) reeks of trying to save his ass for ****** recruiting and lousy coaching. "Everyone cheats but me!!!" That dude is sleazy.

Everytime he loses a player it is because the winning coach cheated. This dude is a loser. Lazy, pure and simple, lazy. Get out there and do some work sweaty, you might win a game if you put in an effort.

There were 3 or 4 coaches in this article who had never even met sweathog, how is that possible. He is not even seen at these events? Are you ******* me? He had to have someone vouch that they "saw" him at an event, as proof that he tries to recruit and does his job.

Gary is a f*#kin loser.

Posted by: caphcky | February 14, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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