The Break Begins
Over the next 10 days, the Terps will be out of action as they prepare for and take their final exams. The next game is Monday, Dec. 22 against American. That being the case, my (and every other beat reporter's) access to the team will be borderline non-existent until the next tip-off. What that means for you all is that the frequency of my posts will slim down over the next week or so. I promise to post at least once a day and make those posts as worthwhile as possible, but I simply won't have the material to continue the pace I would like to. As soon as the break is over, you can expect that pace to pick right back up again.
For today's post, let's take a look at the play of freshman guard Sean Mosley. The guy has earned the respect of Gary Williams and of his teammates for the manner in which he carries himself, on and off the court. He gives the energy, passion and effort that Williams seeks, and as a result, he often gets his fair share of playing time.
With just less than 15 minutes remaining last night, Mosley dove to save a ball from going out of bounds and knocked the side panel off the scorer's table in the process. He's going to continue to make plays like that. The production revealed by the stat sheet can't keep players from competing with inspired intensity.
However, the stat sheet often is able to reveal deficiencies in other, equally tangible, areas. Mosley shot 1-for-5 from the field last night. He scored four points in 16 minutes. On the season, Mosley is shooting 25.0 percent from the field and averaging 3.4 points per game. Not that that's a concern for Williams.
"I don’t put any pressure on freshmen to score a lot of points," Williams said. "I think Sean gives us the intangibles, the toughness, like a Landon Milbourne at a different position, and if he does that, the offense will come. The ball’s going to go in. You know, it’s a little quicker out there, and sometimes it takes a little while to adjust to it. Sean’s tough enough, mentally, to get it calmed down where he’s going to start making some shots. He’ll be fine."
For his part, Mosley acknowledged his role is to play hard, crash the boards and defend with vigor -- all goals he routinely meets. As for his shooting woes, Mosley dismissed any growing sense of frustration.
"Not at all," he said. "I just got to find that one game where I have my break out game and go from there."
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