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Postseason Evaluations: Adrian Bowie

This week, Terrapins Insider is taking a look back at the Maryland season that concluded last weekend. Each day will feature posts on the performances of specific players and Coach Gary Williams

For much of the final three games of the season, a small cut jutted out from the top of Adrian Bowie’s upper lip. Got it during the ACC tournament semifinals against Duke, Bowie said. Gerald Henderson rammed into him and drew blood.

In the Maryland locker room following the Terrapins’ loss to the Blue Devils, Bowie said the cut wasn’t a big deal; that’s just the way it goes sometimes.

But “sometimes” was the operative word when discussing Bowie’s play this season. Sometimes, Bowie was simply outstanding, a ferocious – if diminutive – guard who had no qualms over driving the ball straight to the basket. Sometimes, he would wield his quickness and agility into a blinding fury that could not be contained.

Sometimes, though, Bowie was passive. Sometimes, he would defer. He would receive a pass out on the perimeter and then immediately look to get the ball off his hands. Sometimes, he was not aggressive in the slightest.

Listed at 6 feet 2, Bowie was not the most physically imposing on the court. And still, he often was asked to guard the opposing team’s top perimeter player, especially before Sean Mosley was inserted into the starting lineup in late January. Bowie often held up quite well on the defensive end, overcoming whatever height disadvantage was present to deny the opposing scorer an easy shot or route to the basket.

Perhaps there were times when Bowie simply was expending so much energy on defense that he could not muster the assertiveness necessary for him to be effective on the other end of the court.

At the very beginning of the season, Bowie was asked whether he envisioned his role on the team as the group’s spark plug. Bowie, after all, did not begin the season as a starter, but as Maryland’s sixth man. He said yes, certainly he could fill that role, if that was what the team needed.

But after just a few games, Bowie was needed to fill a more prominent position. The Terrapins needed a starter to replace Cliff Tucker, who at that point had lost much of the confidence he had displayed throughout the fall.

Bowie stepped in and soon learned that merely igniting the offense or the defense was not enough. He had to sustain the talents that make him such an enticing prospect. He can defend (39 steals). He can shoot (45.3 percent from the field). And he is tough. Consistency was his main issue.

It was never a matter of whether Bowie could be aggressive. Rather, most of the time it was a matter of whether Bowie decided to be aggressive on that particular night. He scored four points against North Carolina – a team not known for its defensive prowess – on Feb. 21. He tallied 14 points against Duke – whose defense has a much better reputation – four days later.

Bowie tallied at least 10 points in the final three games of Maryland’s season. Maybe the figurative light bulb went off. Maybe it was just another solid stretch of play, one that was preceded by and would have been followed by an equally ineffective stretch.

The sophomore guard certainly can play in the ACC, and as a junior next year, he may be asked to bear more of the scoring load than the nine points per game he averaged this season. He’s capable of doing so. Consistency will be the key.

What did you all think of Bowie’s season? How would you evaluate his performance? Do you think he can develop into a more consistent scorer for the Terrapins? Do you think the Terrapins will need Bowie to develop into a more consistent scorer next season?

By Steve Yanda  |  March 24, 2009; 12:09 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Bowie will be more consistent as he continues to develop his jump shot. He's quick enough that he can get to the basket on almost anyone. Adding a jumper will make him very hard to guard.

Posted by: eric_the_red | March 24, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

He owes me 100 sets of stairs for giving up on D in the Memphis game and letting them throw down an Alley Oop on him. You don't let them embarass you like that, show some heart and give up the foul. He can learn a lot from Mosley in this regard. Needs to play hard all the time on both ends of the floor, no going through the motions and giving up.

Posted by: Lee26 | March 24, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I agree...he needs to work on the jumper. He has proven he can drive to the hoop on almost anyone, but soon other teams will take that away from him. He needs to consistantly hit the mid range shot. He will need to learn to pull up osmetimes and not get a bad charge foul. He is not a great point guard, but more of a scoring little guard. It will be intersting to see if he stays in the starting line up next season, if Vasquez comes back.

Posted by: mgm343 | March 24, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I really like the way he plays when he's on top of his game. I loved watching him play last year in person (my senior, his freshman) and wish I could've this year and could again next year and his senior year. I think he has a shot to be a really great player. I think he's a guy who is willing to do the work, so we'll see.

And the mohawk was inspired.

Posted by: pipkin42 | March 24, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

he needs to be more consistent when he is agressive...consistent making the right decisions...when he drives to the rim and has two guys blocking his shot that never had a chance to get over them...you know he made a bad decision...

a jumper would help with that big time...and a nice tear drop...stop and pop or go and drop!!!

everyone needs a good midrange jumper...especially the guards but its healthy when the bigs can hit it too...keeps the d honest!

Posted by: deadskin | March 24, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

He just needs to practice finishing with his right hand. If he does, he'll be nearly unstoppable going to the bucket.

Posted by: nmccray | March 24, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Yanda, no mention of Bowie's production prior to getting the flu and post-flu? His numbers dropped significantly across the board after he got sick and he never regained his form until the final 3 games, after Vasquez confronted him and told him he needed to play better.

I give Bowie a B- on the season. I give Yanda a D- for his reporting on Bowie's season.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 24, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Bowie's point production prior to getting the flu: 14 games in which he scored at least 9 points or more.

Bowie's point production after getting the flu: 10 out of his next 11 games he scored less than 9 points

How does the beat reporter evaluating this specific player's season overlook this?

Posted by: Barno1 | March 24, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Bowie's point production prior to getting the flu: 14 games in which he scored at least 9 points or more.

Bowie's point production after getting the flu: 10 out of his next 11 games he scored less than 9 points
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And who were those games against? That might tell more of the story than pinning it on the flu. (Which, last I checked, could only excuse a week or two of play.)

Probably not statistically significant on it's own.

Speaking as a viewer, I do see two basic elements that Bowie needs to work on. Improving his jumpshot/midrange and yes, consistency of aggressiveness.

It would be nice to see him step from being productive offensively on some nights, to consistently productive on almost all nights.

Posted by: dlgood | March 24, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I heard most of the terps had hang nail issues during our losses.

Posted by: restonhoops | March 24, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

College is the greatest time of your life and you can't get it back once you decide to go pro. You only get this chance once in your lifetime, don't blow it.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 24, 2009 11:36 AM
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Too bad when you're a pro you have enough money to buy any college experience you want.

hahahhahahahahahahhahah

Oh, Snap!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 24, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I give Yanda a D- for his reporting on Bowie's season.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 24, 2009 1:30 PM

I give Barno1 an F for his kool-aid drinking, Terps and Gary can do no wrong attitude. Talk about childish and delusional.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 24, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Petey McPoop from Reston, VA: you are the biggest loser of all time pal. It's more obvious to everyone than ever that Poopy, Reston Hoops, Petecard et al are all the same loser. These names don't appear anywhere on the blog for days at a time, then they all appear on here within a few minutes of each other with essentially the same comments, using the same phrases like "Kool-aid drinkers." Gee, you're really fooling us!

Wow, what a huge loser you must be, spending countless hours on the internet posting comments on a blog under different names to try to antagonize fans of another school.

Posted by: terpsfan09 | March 24, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

terpsfan09,

When you live in your parents basement and you work the P/T nightshift at the toll booth you have a lot of time on your hands.

Don't be to hard on Petey McPoop from Reston, VA after all, he's probably a VT fan and is pissed off that his teams color don't match.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 24, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Bowie was rubbish all season long. He clearly is not talented enough for the ACC. I have never seen anyone miss as many open layups as he did. He will end up in the same category as Travis Garrison, over-hyped local player who was a stiff in college. I find it funny that the local players that Maryland recruits turn out to be less then stellar vs. the local players who have left the area for other big time college basketball programs.

Posted by: RedskinAddict | March 24, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

And who were those games against? That might tell more of the story than pinning it on the flu. (Which, last I checked, could only excuse a week or two of play.)

Posted by: dlgood | March 24, 2009 1:48 PM

Obviously I'm not saying he had the flu during the entire bad stretch. My point is that he never got his rhythm back after he got sick, missed practices, and sat out. This was clearly a major turning point in the season for Bowie and for some reason has never been mentioned by Yanda on the blog or in any of the articles, and that's pretty odd.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 24, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Have to agree with Terpsfan and Section505203 on the Petey McPoop from Reston, VA comments. Living in his parent's basement, working overnight shift at a toll booth or not, the guy clearly has very little going for him in life.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 24, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Luckily you guys are private snoops b/c you would be HORRIBLE at your job going off your "hunches."

I have no clue who petecard, reston va, or anyone else is. Don't know where they all live. I most certainly don't live in VA. Shoot, I don't even live on the east coast.

I just find it funny that if you don't agree with the masses than you're lumped together and are accused of being the same person.

Talk about desperation time from the GW-is-God supporters.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 24, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

It's also funny how, just because someone may disagree with you, you feel the need to try to knock that person down with various comments about where they live and what they do for a living.

If it makes you all feel better about yourselves, the Terps, Gary, .500 Fridge, etc. than by all means keep it up.

All it does is show who really has nothing going on in their life.

Right copy/paste?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 24, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Obviously I'm not saying he had the flu during the entire bad stretch. My point is that he never got his rhythm back after he got sick, missed practices, and sat out. This was clearly a major turning point in the season for Bowie and for some reason has never been mentioned by Yanda on the blog or in any of the articles, and that's pretty odd.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 24, 2009 3:01 P
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HAHAHAHHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHA.

Talk about the weakest, of weak excuses. But whatever makes you sleep better copy/paste.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 24, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I find it funny that the local players that Maryland recruits turn out to be less then stellar vs. the local players who have left the area for other big time college basketball programs.

Posted by: RedskinAddict | March 24, 2009 2:55 PM

Of course that has NOTHING to do with GW's ability to recruit. Nope, none at all.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 24, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

No Poopy McPoop = O's Exec from the Nats Journal.

I don't see you on the NJ anymore Poopy/O's Exec.

What gives?

And why in the heck did you change your screeen name to Poopy McPoop?

Posted by: Section505203 | March 24, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry pal O's Exec and Poopy McPoop will return to the Expos blog once the season begins.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

you guys are funny

Posted by: jm111 | March 24, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

bowie played ok down the stretch; everything in this article is pretty obvious to anyone who followed the terps this year; he needs to work on his jumper

Posted by: jm111 | March 24, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry pal O's Exec and Poopy McPoop will return to the Expos blog once the season begins.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 24, 2009 3:32 PM
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That answer confirms what I already know about you. You like to stir it up and say outrageous crap just to try and piss people off.

Grow up man. Everybody has the right to be an a-hole but, your abusing the privilege.

Posted by: Section505203 | March 24, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

...Bowie's shooting % is misleading --- other than layups he showed little touch & less confidence...

Posted by: bobeaston | March 24, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Stephenson says he has made up his mind.

Posted by: steven09 | March 24, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

It's freakin HILARIOUS how dumb Petey McPoop from Reston, VA is. what makes it even funnier is that he doesn't realize it. McPoop is sitting at his computer screen, thinking his jokes are funny, thinking he's being clever, thinking he's getting under people's skin, and yet all the while he is just wasting an incredible amount of time because everyone on here now realizes he's a joke. So then he creates other names to post comments under to agree with his previous comments and yet people call him out on it! And now he accidentally admits he was also using the handle Os Exec..how many more names are you posting under you geek!

Posted by: terpsfan09 | March 24, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Good god why would anyone ever respond to Poopy????????????????? He is an idiot, point blank. Not funny. Not clever. An idiot.

Just leave him alone and hopefully he'll realize sooner or later that everyone on here wants him to leave.

Posted by: brianxp | March 24, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

A Note to Redskinaddict: Stick to what you know or you think you know and carry your sorry know-nothing about basketball azz back to the Redskin blog you front running chump!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | March 24, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Bowie just needs a mid range shot...a nice stop and pop to compliment is impressive driving skills. The dude is an incredible finisher under the rim. Very very very smoothe.

Posted by: jdgreger@yahoo.com | March 24, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

1st off, no where have I admitted to being any other poster on here, other than myself. Some of you all have real serious reading comprehension issues.

2nd, I'll leave when I get bored with all you kool-aid drinkers. Just b/c you want me gone ain't gonna make it so. Unlike more of the sheeple on here I live my life according to what I wanna do, not what others want me to do.

Laying da smack down!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | March 24, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

i liked his game - quick and fearless attacking the rim on offense, generally tight defense. forget the midrange jumper and take a page from the kristi tolliver notebook: shoot about a thousand 3s a day from now til next season starts. there were too many times when opposing defenders wouldn't come all the way out when he had the ball outside the arc because they knew he wouldn't or couldn't shoot it. make them come out and blow by them when they do.

and keep the mohawk. :)

Posted by: rm0659 | March 25, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The problem is, Bowie's jumper is fundamentally flawed. His feet are pointing perpendicular to the basket as opposed to pointing directly at the basket. He will never be a great shooter, but he could certainly be a decent shooter with more work. A little tear-drop jumper in the lane would be a nice move to add as well. But the most important thing he could add to his game would be a right hand. 90% or more of his drives were to the left. He is so quick, that even when the opposing team knew it was coming (which they had to if their scouts/coaches did their job) they still couldn't stop it. Now imagine if that man could actually finish a lay-up with the right hand!

Posted by: prodiggy3 | March 25, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

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