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Postseason Evaluations: Dino Gregory

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.

Sophomore forward Dino Gregory’s season can be summed up in just one play. With just less than eight minutes remaining in the first half of Maryland’s first-round NCAA tournament game against California, Sean Mosley had just blocked Jamal Boykin’s shot attempt, and the ball was bouncing toward the end line.

Gregory hesitated for a split second – he later said he didn’t want to tip the ball back to a California player – before hearing Eric Hayes yell, “Save it!” Gregory leapt out of bounds, his body completely parallel with the floor, and swatted the ball to Hayes.

The ensuing transition produced no points for the Terrapins, but that’s not the point. Gregory – boundless in athleticism and energy – had fulfilled his role precisely. His save did not show up in the stat sheet (as Coach Gary Williams frequently pointed out, not much of what Gregory did for the team ever showed up in the stat sheet), but it was appreciated by his teammates nonetheless.

Dave Neal pointed to that play as a prime example of both Gregory’s capability and the spark he provided. Gregory never scored more than eight points in a game (he averaged just 2.6 points per contest). He rarely had a monster performance on the boards, averaging only 3.2 rebounds per game.

And yet most of the time, Gregory appeared to get the most out of his 15 to 20 minutes of action. He blocked shots (he had 34 this season, one behind team blocks leader Landon Milbourne), forced steals (14), boxed out, dived on the floor (and, on occasion, above it), rushed up the court in transition offense and rushed back down it in transition defense.

Gregory had many technical shortcomings -- inconsistent shooting, a tendency to get caught out of position -- on both ends of the floor, but they often were masked by the effort he put forth.

Should his skills become more refined, Gregory could vie for a spot in the starting lineup next season. His size (6 feet 7, 227 pounds) makes him a bit of a tweener, but he could serve as an effective compliment in the post to one of the big freshman coming in next year.

What did you all think of Gregory’s season? How would you evaluate his performance? What sort of role do you think Gregory will play next season?

By Steve Yanda  |  March 27, 2009; 12:04 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

Gregory did what I expected of him, most of the time. I knew he was athletic but also small for the frontline. Hopefully, with the offseason, he will work on a little more of an inside game and the short jumper. If they improve, you could easily see him as the satarting PF next year. You will never expect him to dominate in the post or be a go to guy for a bucket, but he could play 20-25 minutes and give you 7-8 points, 6-7 rebounds and a couple of blocks. He is a good team player.

Posted by: mgm343 | March 27, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Gregory gave me much more than I expected. He really has very little technical prowess at this point, but hes very athletic. He came down with clutch putbacks or rebounds down the stretch. All the MD players were flying the whole game at the end of the year. Maybe you should do a analysis on how this is the first real TEAM since the championship?

Posted by: sanjuan1227 | March 27, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I'd really like to see him double those point and rebounding averages next year. If Dino works as hard during the offseason, as he does during the season, I think he'll show some nice improvement.

Posted by: eric_the_red | March 27, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

yet another pleasant suprise on the season...hes got the athleticism and the hustle/grit...now he just needs the technical skills...get smooth and comfortable in the paint finding rebounds and points and get a smooth jumper and hook away from the basket...could be quite the asset if he develops in that way...

this team/program could all come together if everyone just approaches their potential...

Posted by: deadskin | March 27, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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