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Williams on the Goins Decision

Just got off the phone with Maryland basketball coach Gary Williams, who said freshman Steve Goins was late to pass through NCAA Clearinghouse because the Chicago public school system recently switched computer systems and that prevented Maryland from getting the necessary papers to the NCAA until September. Williams said another factor in the delay was that Goins needed to pass two summer school classes (he received As in both) before his transcripts could be sent to the NCAA.

The Terrapins were in need of some front court size when it gained a commitment from the 6-foot-10 Goins in June. Senior big men James Gist and Bambale Osby graduated this spring, and 6-foot-9 recruit Gus Gilchrist was granted his release to transfer June 3.

When asked whether Gilchrist's departure had anything to do with Goins' decision to come to Maryland, Williams replied thusly: "This has nothing to do with Gus Gilchrist. I'm tired of hearing about Gus Gilchrist. He was never here. Steve Goins came here because he wanted to play basketball at the University of Maryland."

Williams went on to say Goins will serve as an inside player, but that the team does not differentiate between the power forward and center positions.

As for 6-foot-7 small forward Jin Soo Kim, the lone member of the Terps freshman class still awaiting NCAA Clearinghouse approval, Williams said he had no update. "That's what we're waiting to hear," he said."

By Steve Yanda  |  September 25, 2008; 2:04 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Posted by: jack | September 25, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, seriously.

Posted by: Lindemann | September 25, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Gary seems a little sensitive about Gilchrest--i dont know how he can say he was never there when the guy practiced with them all last year. Anyway, hopefully Goins at least gives them some depth because it doesnt sound like he will have much of an impact for a year or two.

Posted by: zman | September 25, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? It's football season. MD basketball is yesteryear's news.

Posted by: zzTerp | September 25, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Gilchrist was never 'here' because it must have been evident to all that Woody was pulling the strings with him.

Posted by: Mariolucasforthree | September 25, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

We'll Gary I'm tired of going to the NIT.

Posted by: Kevin | September 25, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Don't expect much from Steve Goins this year other than spot minutes. He's struggled in pick up games with his teammates. He's having difficulty adjusting to the speed of the game at this level as alot of freshmen do. Conditioning is going to be important for him. We all need to hope/pray that Braxton Dupree and Jerome Burney don't get injured or into foul trouble often.

Posted by: Russ | September 25, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

What we really need is for DuPree to really step it up about 3 notches and play the way he was expected too, when he was heralded as a big time recruit. The next Lonny Baxter. Burney and Milboune came a long way last year. If they can step it up a notch, that'd be huge for the Terps. What the heck ever happened to Dino Gregory?

Posted by: Tripp | September 26, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

We just need a bug tommato can so we have enough players for practice. It's just unbeleiveabe that some kid who has a 40 ranking isn't ready to go play for someone.

Posted by: donmac | September 26, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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