Midseason Evals: The Backcourt
On a team with size and inexperience issues in the frontcourt, it was clear from the beginning that Maryland's guards would be heavily relied upon this season. They would need to create perimeter pressure on defense to limit an opposing team's ability to break into the lane. They would need to work feverishly in the Terps' half- and full-court pressures to create as many turnovers and transition offense opportunities as possible. They would need to shoot with a considerable measure of efficiency to limit the exposure of Maryland's rebounding deficiency.
To date, the backcourt has been an inconsistent bunch. They were outstanding on defense early on, yet struggled to build any sort of sustained momentum on the offensive end. Now, there defensive prowess is waning just as their offensive acuity is showing signs of improvement.
Junior guard Greivis Vasquez entered the season with a heavy burden to bear after earning All-ACC second team honors as a sophomore. The expectations placed on him were greater than those placed on any other Terrapin. As always, Vasquez has been intriguing in his play, his demeanor, his relationship with fans (home and away) and in his commentary. But for the purposes of this poll, we'll just focus on his on-court performance. He leads the team in scoring (16.0 ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg) and assists (4.8 apg), while shooting 38.0 percent from the field and 29.8 percent from three-point range. Vasquez also is shooting 89.5 percent from the free throw line and has tallied 30 steals.
Sophomore guard Adrian Bowie started the season as the team's sixth-man, but quickly moved into the starting lineup. Bowie began ACC play as Maryland's most consistent offensive producer before cooling off Tuesday night against North Carolina. Bowie drives to the basket with a frequency and ferocity unmatched by any of his teammates, though his decision-making is questionable at times. He is averaging 10.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, and is shooting 46.9 percent from the field. He, too, has tallied 30 steals.
Freshman guard Sean Mosley was a reserve until Saturday night, when he made his first start since late November. In two games as a member of the starting five, Mosley has performed admirably on both ends of the court. He helped create the pressure defense that stifled Miami and he led all Maryland scorers against North Carolina. Though his shooting has been inconsistent at best this season, Mosley provides the starting lineup with boosts of physicality and athleticism. He is averaging 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 40.8 percent from the field.
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