Though the Terps continue to insist they believe forward Braxton Dupree and his fellow big men will develop into adequate contributors, they long ago came to the conclusion that they must adjust to what appears to be the team’s most glaring question mark. Not only will not having an established post player affect Maryland offensively, it also will show up on the defensive end.
With no Bambale Osby or James Gist around, the Terps really don’t have anyone who has proven they can block shots and intimidate opposing players down low. As usual, Coach Gary Williams has an idea as to how his team can compensate.
“I think the one thing we have to do this year is take more charges than we did last year,” Williams said. “Of course, that won’t be hard cause I think we took four last year or something, I don’t know. But, you know, we’re in the process of becoming a defensive team that can take charges.”
Williams may have been exaggerating with his estimation of how many charges the team took last season, but his point was clear – in the absence of a true shot-blocker, the Terps have to find another way of protecting against penetrating guards and physical forwards.
As for who he feels is best suited to lead the movement for more charges, Williams suggested a pair of freshmen.
“Sean Mosley looks like he’s not afraid to step in there, and Jin Soo (Kim),” Williams said. “You know, it’d be nice if Eric and Greivis would take them every once in a while, just for a commercial or something.
“But it’s a mindset when you’re playing defense. In other words, you have to anticipate to take a charge because it’s not usually on your guy. It’s on somebody else driving where you can slide over and get him as he goes into the air. So you really have to be a smart player to do that, in addition to wanting to sacrifice cause you get hit pretty hard in those situations sometimes. But it’s a great play. It’s a great play. It’s just like a shot block really, cause once you do it a couple times, the other team gets a little apprehensive and starting to look for that. It makes them a little less tough going to the basket.”
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