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."
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