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Ball Handlers and Off-the-Ball Handlers

Among the many bright sides to having a plethora of capable guards is the ability to rely on several different players to run the show at different times. Need a steady floor general? Have Eric Hayes take the ball down the court. In search of a quick energy burst? Send in Adrian Bowie. If it’s a playmaker you’re after, Greivis Vasquez is your guy.

And then there’s Sean Mosley. The freshman guard from Baltimore has made quite an impression during his first month of official practice at College Park. By most accounts, he’s worked his way seamlessly into the team’s dynamic, earning his teammates respect and, more importantly, their trust.

Better yet, he’s a quick learner, a trait that has drawn frequent praise from Williams. Prior to suffering a low ankle sprain on Oct. 31, Mosley had played well enough to crack the starting lineup. Yesterday, Williams said he would not be surprised to see Mosley reclaim a starting role at some point this season.

“He's one of those guys that doesn't really have a position,” Williams said. “I think he could play three positions for us. He handles the ball well enough that if a team wasn't pressing us he could bring it up and get us into our offense. That wouldn't bother me at all.”

Williams also has said it doesn’t bother him to have Vasquez run the offense from time to time, though he would prefer Vasquez operate off the ball more often this season. Vasquez tallied 28 points Tuesday night against Youngstown State, and most of those points came within the regular flow of the offense.

“When he plays off the ball, he's more patient and lets the game come to him,” Bowie said. “Playing off the ball, you don't have the ball in your hands all the time. You have to find ways to score without the ball."

Bowie, who played with Vasquez for two seasons at Montrose Christian, said Vasquez can be a little anxious at times when he doesn’t handle the ball. But Bowie noted that’s only because Vasquez desperately wants to make an impact whenever he’s on the floor.

“Sometimes he comes to the ball on certain plays when he shouldn't come to the ball,” Bowie said. “You know, he wants the ball most of the time, so that's how it is.”

By Steve Yanda  |  November 21, 2008; 4:03 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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