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One Big Man Returns, Another Remains Absent

Sophomore forward Jerome Burney returned to action Tuesday night against Clemson after missing the previous 16 games while recovering from a stress fracture in his foot. Burney played eight minutes, tallying two points, three rebounds, two assists and a block. He moved fluidly and without any hesitation.

Fellow sophomore big man Braxton Dupree, on the other hand, was a healthy scratch for the fourth time in five games.

The dramatic drop-off in Dupree's minutes has been well-catalogued. He began the year as a member of the team's starting lineup and carried high expectations after a summer in which he lost a considerable amount of weight, which was taken as a sign of re-dedication to the game.

When he was first removed from the lineup, Dupree's practice habits were called into question, similar to the case of Cliff Tucker. But Tucker has emerged in recent weeks as a strong contributor for the team off the bench and his playing time has increased. Dupree, meantime, has been relegated to a more permanent spot on the bench.

Now that it appears Burney is healthy enough to resume playing during games, one wonders whether Dupree will see much action the rest of the season. Gary Williams prefers an eight- to nine-man rotation, and with Tucker, Eric Hayes and Dino Gregory receiving consistent minutes, Dupree may have a hard time breaking into that picture.

What are your thoughts on Dupree's absence from the box scores in recent weeks? Based on previous performances this season, do you think he could provide a boost to the team if re-inserted into the rotation? And how do you think Burney's return to action will impact the team?

By Steve Yanda  |  February 19, 2009; 1:11 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Braxton will be transferring, probably to UMBC or Loyola, after this season.

Posted by: terpsfan08 | February 19, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, I can't see either one providing more than 5 fouls and a couple rebounds a game. Maybe a basket here and there on a put back.

Posted by: CYork1 | February 19, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Braxton will be transferring, probably to UMBC or Loyola, after this season.

Posted by: terpsfan08 | February 19, 2009 1:32 PM

You have no idea what you are talking about, and putting this kind of bs on the web doesn't do any service to the program.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 19, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

they are both soft and slow....hopefully, they will get their degrees from whereever they transfer cause pro basketball don't seem much in the horizon

Posted by: outrbnksm | February 19, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Burney is not soft and slow. He's pretty athletic for his size and I hope he get's more minutes in the upcoming weeks.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 19, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

don't see any way around it. brax is gone. especially since we're still shopping around '09 ships with none to give.

the stephenson official was likely the final nail in the coffin.

Posted by: cwalter | February 19, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Ha Burney isn't soft at all. He is about the only player on the team that could give us a legit defensive presence inside. He can block shots he just needs to work on his rebounding and he could really help.


As for Dupree...I had high hopes for him but he's clearly in Gary's dog house. He has talent but he is soft and plays with no energy. I hope he gets it together but if stephenson or Vinson come here next year someone has to give up a scholarship and you would think Dupree or Steve Goins would be 1st on the list. Like I said hope I'm wrong he has talent but wouldn't be shocked if he transferred.

Posted by: beas13 | February 19, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Maryland has been a good fit for Braxton, nor has Gary's coaching style been the right fit. No knock on either, its just the way things sometimes happen. With Burney returning as a senior (and Gary likes his seniors), the emergence of Dino as first banger off the bench, JSK stealing most of his minutes the last 5 games, and two big men coming in any PT for Brax is unlikely next year. So why not transfer?

Posted by: baloneyonwhite | February 19, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I really like Duprees soft hand but I think the writing is on the wall as well. Maybe he can head off to Loyola Fofana style and run the MEAC or whatever it is they play in an push them to the NCAAs his senior year...

Posted by: Lee26 | February 19, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I always thought Dupree would make a heck of a left tackle.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 19, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

they are both soft and slow....hopefully, they will get their degrees from whereever they transfer cause pro basketball don't seem much in the horizon

Posted by: outrbnksm | February 19, 2009 3:16 PM

You obviously havent watched Burney play. Burney showed signs last season of being the next solid underrated big that the Terps have had over the past 10+ years. I personally think he is better than Dino and would be my first big off the bench. He's atheltic and more physical than the other bigs on the roster. Give him a chance. I think he can develop into a solid player.

Posted by: DMoney28 | February 19, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone see Burney's dunk off of his own missed shot?

Posted by: island1 | February 19, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Burney looks much less scared than Dino does out there. I hope we see a lot of him Saturday.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 19, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Dupree needs to transfer. Burney and Gregory have passed him by and with two big men coming in next year I don't think he stands a chance of playing.

I had high hopes for him but, he doesn't play with much energy and doesn't play physical enough.

Posted by: Section505203 | February 20, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Burney has shown he can give the team what they've been missing to a degree and he's definately an upgrade over Braxton or even Gregory. I can't see why JSK is taking minutes from anybody, nice story but he is awful.

Posted by: vassenterprise | February 20, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to Braxton Dupree and thanks for the extra scholorship. He has been a horrible disappointment from day one. He can't rebound and he can't get his shot off. Burney and Dino are much more athletic.

Posted by: jchuret | February 21, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

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