For Tucker, 'It's Time'
Sophomore guard Cliff Tucker's state line Wednesday night against Miami: six minutes, three points, one rebound, one steal.
Tucker's season stats to date: 11.4 minutes, 4.6 points and 1.5 rebounds per game to go along with 11 steals.
Remember back when Tucker was a member of the starting lineup? Back in preseason when he was draining seemingly every shot he took and displaying the maturity and court savvy of a player about to have a breakout season? Where did that guy go?
Well, like a majority of his teammates, Tucker continues to struggle with maintaining a high level of play on a consistent basis. And that goes for during practices, as well as during games.
"He hasn't stepped up to be that player that you can throw in there for 15-20 minutes a game every game," Gary Williams said. "Now, he's had his moments when he's made great plays. He's gonna have to play. He has to get in there. I have to play him more. And whatever happens, happens. But it's very important that both Sean Mosley and Cliff Tucker can play because it gives us backups for the three guard positions. We probably need a little more rest there as we go into January and February, and that's what Cliff and Sean can do. I wouldn't be suprised (Saturday) to see Cliff out there more.
"That's something that players have to learn when they get to college. They've been able to drift in high school. Depending on their competition, that's enough; you're still the dominant player. You're not a dominant player in the ACC without really focussing completely on what's at hand, and that's what we want Cliff to do. Like I said, it's time."
Judging be recent comments posted on this blog, it would appear many of you would like to see Tucker receive more playing time. It would seem Williams would like to feel comfortable giving Tucker more playing time.
But assuming Tucker's level of play does not dramatically rise or fall in the coming weeks, how do you all feel about the team's depth at its guard positions? This was supposed to be Maryland's area of strength, but has that turned out to be the case? And even if so, is that strength merely relative to the production it is getting from its frontcourt?
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