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GW's Press Conference

Gary Williams opened his chat with local reporters this afternoon by making a few announcements. For a change, good news spread throughout the bowels of Comcast Center when Williams confirmed that freshman forward Jin Soo Kim had been given a waiver by the NCAA and will play tomorrow night against Miami. But Williams didn't stop there. He also revealed that incoming recruit Jordan Williams (South Kent, Conn.) has been nominated to play in the McDonald's High School All-American game.

Jordan Williams is one of 1,500 high school boys' basketball players to be nominated for the squad. The final team will be announced Feb. 18.

As for the rest of the press conference, Williams mandated from the start that he would answer only those questions that pertained to his team or Miami. Not just for today, but for the remainder of the season.

And even that turned out to be a stretch of Williams's parameters.

As a follow-up to a question about Maryland's recent second-half drop-offs, Williams was asked what specific deficiencies he has noticed in the way the Terps have executed their offense late in games.

"I'm talking about Miami and the rest of the team," Williams responded. "That's it."

Williams then was asked whether Maryland's offensive execution late in games was related to his team.

"No," Williams said. "No, I don't have to answer your question."

Other than that brief awkward moment, the rest of the press conference was rather uneventful. Near the end, Kim and Jordan Williams returned as topics of discussion.

Williams was asked whether he was surprised a decision on Kim was reached so quickly. The school announced that Kim had been declared academically ineligible on Tuesday.

"I thought he deserved to be playing, so I was glad to see the NCAA gave us the waiver," Williams said. "I don't know how the committees work or how long it's supposed to take, but I'm just glad for him that he didn't miss much time."

Then Williams talked about how he has worked with Kim to overcome the language barrier during practices and games.

"He's learned a few new words this year to help him along," Williams said. "That's my outreach to the international community. That's part of being a teacher. He's a great kid. I always put myself in his position. Greivis (Vasquez) did the same thing. You know, if I went to France and playing on a French basketball team and the coach only spoke French, I'd have problems. He really tries, and that's all you can ask. I try to repeat things to him sometimes, because I think he still translates. In other words, he doesn't pick up English and it's automatically there. He has to translate it. So I have to have the patience to do that. But he's been great in terms of his effort. Hopefully now he can just go and be a basketball player like everybody else. It's been a tough first five months or so for him just to get on the court."

Williams then spoke about how much of an honor it would be if Jordan Williams is eventually named a McDonald's All-American.

"That's the ultimate judge of players -- whether they make McDonald's All-American or not," Williams said. "So hopefully he'll make it. He had 53 the other night. He broke his school record for scoring. He's one of those big guys that he didn't have that much attention going into the recruiting period in the summer. But I saw him play six or seven times during that July period, and he was a better player everytime I saw him play."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 30, 2009; 3:41 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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just win babay!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | January 30, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The softer side of Gary williams!

Posted by: oknow1 | January 30, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Gary is suddenly tired of all the attention to the fact that his terms are no longer competitive in the ACC. His teams cannot compete with all the teams who seem to have all of the outstanding players from the Maryland-D.C. area. He is proud of getting ones from CT. when he is losing to Maryland and Baltimore plyers who never even get a call to play for him. He needs to explain the continuimg slide of the program and how no incoming freshmen ever seem to improve as they play each year or him. Is he home free?? or doesn't he ever have to produce again?? Other National Championship coaches seem to be able to select the cream of the crop and he can only get the leftovers!!!!

Posted by: hazel223 | January 30, 2009 9:51 PM | Report abuse

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