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?
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