Greatest Terp Ever (Hardwood Version)?
As our Web site is exploring different entries in Len Shapiro's book The Great Book of Washington, D.C. Sports Lists, today's topic is the top Maryland basketball players of all time. The consensus No. 1 seemed to be Len Bias, which is tough to argue with but some might want to. For a certain generation of us, Bias's death remains a landmark event, a What-were-you-doing-when-you-found-out? type of thing. And I was a teenager in Detroit at the time; I can't imagine how it must have resonated for folks around here.
But back to the list. Again, my close history with this team goes back about 10 years, so I'm not the best person to compare the relative merits of Tom McMillen and Gene Shue with any kind of authority. But with that bit of disclosure, I think Juan Dixon is too low on this list at No. 9. Dixon wasn't an intimidating physical presence and didn't call a lot of attention to himself, but he was virtually always the toughest guy in the gym and when you needed someone to take a clutch shot, you wanted it to be him. He also has one more ring than anyone else on the list.
What do you think? Go here and vote, and discuss among yourselves.
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