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Postseason Evaluations: Dupree, Burney, Kim, Goins, Pearman

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 center Braxton Dupree: There was a lot of talk at the beginning of the season about all the weight Dupree had shed in the offseason and how his new trimmed-down physique was going to help him have a greater impact on the team. Dupree started the first six games of the season and then began to drift away. His stats from his freshman season – 2.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game, with a 38.3 percent shooting percentage – were nearly the same as the final stats from his sophomore campaign – 2.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10 minutes per game, with a 35.9 percent shooting percentage. Dupree’s size (he's listed at 6 feet 8, 260 pounds) would seem to make him a valuable asset to a squad that lacked anything resembling a conventional, back-to-the basket post player this season. But he never displayed the aggression necessary to thrive down low. With a pair of big freshmen coming in next season, Dupree’s window of opportunity is becoming increasingly narrow.

Sophomore forward Jerome Burney: It’s hard to evaluate Burney, mainly because injuries forced him to the sideline for much of the season. A stress fracture in his foot caused him to miss the better part of two months, and a separate foot injury caused his return to the lineup to be brief. Much like Dupree, Burney’s size (he's 6-9, 222 pounds) is enticing, but we never really got to see what kind of impact Burney could have on the court this season. Should he be able to return from his most recent injury, it will be interesting to see where Burney fits next season.

Freshman forward Jin Soo Kim: One thing is clear after the Kim’s first season in College Park – the fans absolutely love this guy. For reasons that may vary, whenever Kim got off the bench and prepared to enter the game, the Maryland student section went berserk. Kim dealt with some off-the-court issues (intermittent academic eligibility issues) that may have hampered his development, but when he did play, he demonstrated the level of exuberance that Coach Gary Williams finds endearing. He did not register many minutes this season (6.5 per game), but after adding some much-needed weight and refining some areas of his game, Kim could play a valuable role off the bench next season.

Freshman forward Steve Goins: Appeared in four games and totaled 12 minutes of action. Tallied a pair of free throws, four rebounds, two turnovers and one block.

Sophomore swingman David Pearman: Appeared in nine games and totaled 12 minutes of action. Tallied two rebounds and an assist.

What kind of production are you hoping to see out of any of these five players next season?

By Steve Yanda  |  March 27, 2009; 12:55 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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I am not sure what to expect from these guys. Braxton has intrigued me because of the Baxter comparisons, but he has come no where close. I almost think he will transfer, due to the bigs coming in next season. Burney's situation is unfortuante. he could be an athletic defensive player who can block and alter shots, but the foot thing kind of puts him in limbo. Kim should be a solid guy on the bench. Depending on how much weight he puts on and how well his shot comes around, he could be a solid forward presence or he could end up as a guy who is on the back end of the bench. I was hoping to see Goins on the floor a little more, or just let him redshirt. Not sure if we stick around the program if he won't get minutes.

Posted by: mgm343 | March 27, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Kim needs to gain "some weight" This kid is going to need to gain 40 pounds to play in this league. Whenever he got into an ACC game he got bounced around like a pinball and couldn't even inbound the ball. You could tell he had no idea what he was in for or the diffrence between draining 3's against UMBC and just trying to hold your position against confrence competition.

Dupree is soft, period. he has had his chances. God knows if he could do anything he might have gotten some minutes this year, but he couldn't. HE should transfer to somewhere that he isn't in awe of his competition.

I have not given up on Burney. Foot injuries for a big man are a problem, but he has shown that he may be able to play, and he isn't afraid to crash the boards.

Goins? Why on earth was he not red shirted. This guy can play and we wasted a year of eligibility for him. If we get a chance to get Vinson or Stephenson it wouldn't bother me to see him transfer, but I think he can contribute if he stays.

Pearman is one of those kids you root for but he knows he isn't playing after Christmas. His scholarship goes back to the University to be used on Padgett so he costs us nothing. I bet he is vital in practice, but don't expect him to play in any ACC game except on senior night.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | March 27, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

braxton either needs to transfer or find some passion and confidence and thus his be happy with the latter otherwise he will get lost on this team and be a wasted schollarship...

burney needs to be healthy...he looked a lot like gregory interms of the energy and results...had some important minutes wreaking havoc against uncs front court in that big win...but if he cant be healthy...

kim...well gain some weight...settle down just a little...and find a rhythm...a little too much energy perhaps...just putting a shot up every time he gets it...jumping around on defense and picking up quick fouls...high energy but if you could dial that down a little to the perfect level...the shooters touch and certainly not afraid to shoot...find that rhythm!!!

goins...shoulda redshirted him i think...wonder what his outlook is with the new bigs coming in and im being at the wrong end of the bench...

peerman...great story...gotta have a guy like that on the team...someone the students can really love and rally for...earl badu!!!! and who knows...maybe his senior year he'll have to come off the bench and hit a few big three pointers in overtime of the acc championsip game!!!

Posted by: deadskin | March 27, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Why do the students love Kim so much? I will never understand the UMD students. I'd like to think that, only a few years removed from being a student myself, there isn't some sort of generation gap that keeps me from seeing what all the kids are seeing. Then again, my coworker who's 15 years old than me loves him too, so who knows? I hope he pans out, and think his story's cool, but he didn't do anything this season!

Posted by: grimesman | March 27, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I think Dupree's problem is stamina. THe weight loss helps, but you can see him flag after just five or ten minutes on the court. Could be something physical, or could be he's just a Div I player in a fast-moving Gary Williams scheme. Either way, he could still help stabilize an inside rotation as a strong guy with decent interior skills and some extra fouls to give.

Burney has far more potential, but there's nothing a basketball player fears more than injuries to his feet and legs. If he stays health, he fits nicely with the two frosh and Gregory. But I'm not optimistic.

Kim's a mascot. That's why the fans like him. He's not really a player yet. He could certainly become one.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 28, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I forgot Goins. Yes, a redshirt year would have helped, but he's not going anywhere. He's big and strong and unskilled. I'd be surprised if he gets off the bench much next year. Maybe the season after.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 28, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

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