Midseason Evals: The Frontcourt
Most Terps observers understood heading into the season that the team's frontcourt had the most potential to end up a crucial weakness. Experience and size were lacking. Traditional post presence had been downsized since the departures of Bambale Osby and James Gist. A power forward who can shoot the three was being asked to play center. A swingman who might be the team's most naturally athletic member was being asked to play power forward. It was logical to assume this unit would be overwhelmed on most nights against bigger, stronger and more savvy ACC frontcourts.
And yet for the most part, the duo of Landon Milbourne and Dave Neal have held their own so far. No, they're not changing people's perceptions of what a dynamic frontcourt looks like, but they have used their own individual strengths to help neutralize their glaring weaknesses. Neal draws his man out to the wing with his long-range shooting savvy, which helps clear an opposing big man away from the basket. He is averaging 7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Milbourne uses his quickness and agility to move around, rather than through, an opponent en route to a rebound or loose ball. He is averaging 13.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, in addition to compiling 24 blocks and 27 steals. Milbourne also is shooting 51.6 percent from the field.
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