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Missed Shots, Part III

A short while ago, part three of the Maryland recruiting series was posted online. This segment looks at the pressure Gary Williams is under to turn his team's fortunes around quickly, evident in his pursuit of recruits such as Lance Stephenson. While an unquestioned talent on the basketball court and one that could immediately improve Maryland's talent level, Stephenson also carries with him some excess baggage that, in the past, Williams attempted to avoid.

Once again, many thanks to all of you who have shared your thoughts on the series with me and Eric. We appreciate all the feedback, positive and negative. And feel free to send us your thoughts on part three, as well ( and

On to today's poll question:

By Steve Yanda  |  February 13, 2009; 3:44 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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I would like to read the column if a link was provided....

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | February 13, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Why would Stephenson want to come to Maryland where he has to face two low level beat writers from the Post trying to advance their careers by scrutinizing his every move?

Posted by: UnitedWeStand | February 13, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

he ain't oj mayo

Posted by: doh1 | February 13, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Didn't watch the whole game but he didn't look too great last night. Big body and good quicks though. Padgett looked very raw but promising...

Posted by: Lee26 | February 14, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

To paraphrase Gary..."if everything goes perfectly next year (we get all of our recruits and no one leaves the current team) we can be a top 25 team next year, I really think we can."

How sad is that? How sad is that?

Here is what Alan Iverson would say about that...

"Top 25? Top 25? We're talking about Top 25??

Posted by: petecard | February 14, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

To paraphrase Gary..."if everything goes perfectly next year (we get all of our recruits and no one leaves the current team) we can be a PRESEASON top 25 team next year, I really think we can."

How sad is that? How sad is that?

Bad job paraphasing...You omitted the word "preseason". I assume you are smart enough to understand the distinction. Nobody wants to win more than Gary. In this day and age one recuiting calss can turn everything around...

Posted by: UnitedWeStand | February 14, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Can we please move on to something meaningful....the VT game is today. How about a preview...maybe a breadown of VT. You guys are pathetic. Quit with the Gary bashing move on he's not going anywhere.

Posted by: beas13 | February 14, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

No lead up to the VT game? Good work fellas. Enjoyed the slam job, I am sure it has the Terps fired up. Read on the times Gary wasn't that interested in chatting yesterday, go figure...

Posted by: Lee26 | February 14, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Where is the VT Preview???????

Why do you guys have a job?

Posted by: beas13 | February 14, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks guys - if Stephenson was ever thinking of coming to UMD, he isnt now. Talk about a self-fulfilling prophesy. You know what? Gary's teams will be entertaining & competitive while he is still here -- then someone else will come along. But you both will be just footnotes in Post history, if that. What do you think you are covering - the Watergate of college basketball? After reading other responses to your coverage, I was amazed to read your comment that most of the emails you've received have been supportive. Come on - the Bush years are behind us. Dont try to BS us any more than you have to.

I dont blame just the two of you - I was an ambitious young DC journalist myself years ago - but your editors should have known better than to give three days to this - my guess is that your copy was heavily blue-printed after seeing reader response.

UMD is leading at halftime right now. I guess if they win another five games and make the tourney you'll pat yourselves on the back and say you helped motivate their resurgence.

Posted by: mjrawl | February 14, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

5-5, with 2 near misses(ie choke jobs), and an under sized team. Gary Good Job. Its not perfect, not even pretty, but you are doing it the right way

Posted by: bmdugan | February 14, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Good win for Maryland. They fought hard and beat the Hokies outright. Good shooting, torrid free throw shooting, and tenacious defense made a difference. It was a solid all-around effort!

Posted by: Terptwin | February 14, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Stop bashing the WAPO they are reporting the facts as they see it,that being said Gary Williams ask no quater and gives none,as I said in an earlier post on this blog that's why Big John at G'TOWN got out of the game because of all the BS concerning recruiting and the "payola" Gary ain't playin that game he doesn't want all the azz kisin that's associated with AAU ball and I for one don't blame him he just needs to ramp his personal appearances at the HS level and everything will be fine.

Posted by: dargregmag | February 14, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

This series was in all honesty a predictable "hack job" ,not informative to someone who follows dc metro b-ball and absolutely missed the "gary's done bandwagon" A+ on your kindergarden term paper...please try harder next time....

Posted by: bigwalt42 | February 14, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Well researched, not quite. Your (the authors) quotes in this piece contradict the quotes in 1st part of this series. Maybe you researched it "a lot", but thats not the same thing as researching it "well". And thats not even really my problem with the article; this is supposed to be a news item, but it reads like persuasive argument (and I obviously don't mean that in the sense that I am buying it). Your point of view is just too transparent. You should have been more objective, both in your research, and in the content of the article. I'm not saying you have something against Gary Williams, but maybe you pursued too strongly what you thought would make a good story. Whatever it was, its transparent in the article and you come across as having an agenda.

Posted by: Patera | February 15, 2009 12:18 AM | Report abuse

That Jeff Allen is a class act. And Delaney is a prime time player. Man I wish MD had those guys...

Posted by: Lee26 | February 15, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

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