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Mychal Parker Commits to Maryland

Maryland landed an oral commitment from 6-foot-6 swingman Mychal Parker last night, according to multiple sources familiar with Parker's recruitment. Parker, a native of Washington, N.C., is rated as the No. 55 overall prospect by Scout.com. Rivals.com ranks him at No. 53. He becomes the third member of the Terrapins' 2010 recruiting class.

In recent weeks, Southern California, Auburn and Arkansas had shown interest in Parker, joining Maryland and Virginia, programs that had been pursuing Parker all summer. At least one member of the Terrapins' coaching staff was present at nearly every summer basketball event in which Parker participated. The player competed this summer on the AAU circuit for Ohio Basketball Club after spending three years with the Richmond Squires.

Parker joins a 2010 Maryland recruiting class that already includes Terrence Ross (Montrose Christian), a 6-5 shooting guard, and Terrell Stoglin, a 6-1 point guard out of Tuscon.

By Steve Yanda  |  August 20, 2009; 8:52 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Good job. Solid class. That is all. Carry on.

Posted by: fushezzi | August 20, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Excellent. Putting together a hell of a class for next year. Hopefully they're all good kids.

Posted by: Colm1 | August 20, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Now if we just get Terrance Jones or Tobias Harris that is a top 5 class!!

Posted by: beas13 | August 20, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Gary can't recruit!

Posted by: TheBiz | August 20, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know how close or far away we are from signing Terrance Jones? that would be a major blast

Posted by: carolina1 | August 20, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Reports are all over the place on Jones. We could be anywhere from 1 on his list to 10. Some people say he is a Oklahoma lean. Jones might be transfering to montrose christian to play with T Ross next year. If that happens I think we have a much better shot. Gary has an in-home visit with Tobias Harris in mid September. Hopefully he can get one of them.

Posted by: beas13 | August 20, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

thanks beas13..That would be a major leap and i agree if we can get him to go to Montrose Christian that is far away from okie country

Posted by: carolina1 | August 20, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Wait a second, I thought Gary couldn't recruit local guys. That was what I was told. That is what Petecard and Prisbell were so adamant about it, despite all the overwhelming evidence to the contrary. But tell a lie often enough, and people start to believe it.

So where are the Gary bashers now? Come on, you don't have to go into hiding. Let's hear about how he can't recruit, how he never gets the local talent, about how we're an irrelevant program that the good players don't want to play for.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 20, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

No point in the "I told you so's" with those guys, Barno. Those were the same haters that predicted Maryland would be in the NIT at the beginning of last season.

The blogosphere/talk radio phenomenon has gotten out of control. People talk out of their a$$es and wonder what the smell is.

For me, I'm just happy to see Gary finish out his career like this. Get Jones or Kirk this year, land another great class next year and there's a good possibility of a second crystal trophy case in Comcast.

Posted by: The_Brown_Vice_President | August 20, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"This is, obviously, a big get... one that likely solidifies a top 15 class for Maryland."

http://www.testudotimes.com/2009/8/20/996120
/mychal-parker-commits-is-a-terp

Nice turnaround for Gary on that whole "can't recruit" thing.

Posted by: CharlieF | August 20, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Check the newest Rivals rankings. He's 53.

Posted by: Hogie | August 20, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Hey Prisbell, eat a dick

Posted by: juliusc91 | August 20, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Yanda-

I am still waiting for you to deliver on your promise from last spring to write multi-thousand word articles about the demise of Georgetown and GW's basketball program. Where are those articles: it is late August afterall? Oh I forgot heaven forbid you write a negative article about JT3. Sure seems funny you were disrespecting the recruiting and coaching ability of Gary Williams when G'town would kill to have him as their coach.

You are a joke as a reporter and I hope Gary never answers another one of your questions again. Good luck being a beat reporter without the head coach talking to you. You don't deserve his time.

Posted by: S2DU | August 20, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Good job by Gary. We are lucky that we don't have a scumbag like Calipari who does dirty recruiting. On second thought, Calipari and the schools go completely unpunished. No death penalty like MD got back in the day.

Posted by: lavar609 | August 20, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Gary Williams says "HI, HATERS!"

Prisbell, Yanda...you both can pound sand. Go write about Rudy Gay, Calipari, Calhoun, Worldwide Wes, Derrick Rose, Memphis, Kentucky, or any of the dozen other schools who are elbow-deep in the crap you ascribe to Maryland basketball. Oh wait, that would require actually sacking up and taking on the biggest dogs in the NCAA. You just played it safe with a non-story about Parker and his two-bit chump of a friend.

Gary can't recruit; Gary recruits so well he must be shady.

Pick one, you hacks. WELCOME TO COLLEGE PARK, MYCHAL! Let us love you!

Posted by: BurgundyAndGold | August 20, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Are we full re: slots for 2010 now? 3 out (hayes/vasquez/milbounre) & 3 in.

Posted by: terpcentral1 | August 20, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Terpcentral1 - Pearman only has a scholarship because there's no one else to give it to, so there's an opportunity for at least one more. Maybe even 2, as Goins (if not one or two others) is always a strong transfer candidate.

Posted by: ICBomber | August 20, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Well done, S2DU!

"Yanda-

I am still waiting for you to deliver on your promise from last spring to write multi-thousand word articles about the demise of Georgetown and GW's basketball program. Where are those articles: it is late August afterall? Oh I forgot heaven forbid you write a negative article about JT3. Sure seems funny you were disrespecting the recruiting and coaching ability of Gary Williams when G'town would kill to have him as their coach.

You are a joke as a reporter and I hope Gary never answers another one of your questions again. Good luck being a beat reporter without the head coach talking to you. You don't deserve his time."

Posted by: S2DU | August 20, 2009 11:41 AM

Posted by: Steve96 | August 20, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

For the past fews years I kept saying that Gary was not doing the recruiting as much as he should have. I thought he would take anyone that wanted to come to Maryland. And I will not take that back because I think that was the case. Now that Gary has gotten off his butt and started to recruit we have seen what can happen. Gary has always been a good recruiter but he has not shown that in the past few years. This was a great job of recruiting. Nice job Gary.....

Posted by: jahalt | August 20, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Good for Gary and Co. for finally going out and getting recruits.

Now all you "Gary-is-God" supporters see what we, as Terp fans, have missed out on the past 5-6 years when Gary feld recruiting was much-ado about nothing.

This news still doesn't make up for Gary and Co's past shortcomings, in recruiting, though.

Remember that and don't be content with .500 play in the ACC and one and done in the NCAA or NIT.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 20, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

For the past fews years I kept saying that Gary was not doing the recruiting as much as he should have. I thought he would take anyone that wanted to come to Maryland. And I will not take that back because I think that was the case.

Posted by: jahalt | August 20, 2009 12:43 PM

This would be a legitimate point, except for a few annoying facts that get in the way: A great recruiting class 3 years ago in Vasquez, Hayes, Milbourne, Osby, and Burney; A solid recruiting class a year later in Bowie, Tucker, Gregory, Walker and Dupree (who people forget was a top 100 national prospect); And last year, the Baltimore Player of the Year in Sean Mosley.

Also in the past 2 years Gary has signed top prospects Terrence Jennings and Gus Gilchrist, but both backed out last minute.

But please by all means keep living in your own delusional world where Gary Williams takes anyone who will come to Maryland.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 20, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"I thought he would take anyone that wanted to come to Maryland."

Yeah, it's a shame only a few McD's All-Americans wanted to come during that phase, a few highly rated recruiting classes a legit 2009-10 POY Candidate and now another top recruiting class for next year - and that's not even finished yet.

It's easy for people to sit and complain once they have the results after the fact. Sure McCray, NCM, Garrison and the gang didnt exactly pan out but that does not speak to a bad recruiting job by Gary. It's just an angle bloggers and columnists take to drum up some drama when they don't feel like researching facts and true storylines. And there was just enough uneducated so-called Maryland sports fans to make it work. Congrats.

Posted by: fushezzi | August 20, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Prisbell - please leave the Post and go back to reporting for your high school newspaper. Cool, thanks.

Posted by: ntags | August 20, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

A very nice class shaping up for 2010, not Duke or NC nice, but guys that Gary should be able to shape into consistent top 25 standing.
Gary wasn't as bad a recruiter as portrayed IMO because of factors difficult to control:
- the departure and inconsistency of assistants;
- implosion of his best (on-paper) classes from 02/03;
- loss of Jennings (LVille), Maze (TN), Shane Clark (Nova) due to grades/transcripts;
- and Gilchrist (who really wasnt an original Gary recruit) due to handler issues... while none of those four were reincarnations of Joe Smith or Francis, any one would have made the difference between NIT and NCAA... anyway you know the drill.
It's good to see Gary on the trail, and great to see him land a big fish in Parker, but he's a great coach first. Now that the assts have established themselves and are getting results, there's no reason why they shouldn't continue to attract quality guys that Gary can close, then mold into his kind of team.

Posted by: gbx79 | August 20, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

A top 75 recruit. Big deal. That's your now Gary can recruit argument. Get back to me when you land a top 10 player. A top 15 class because we sign 4 or 5 players ranked 30-100 is not a big deal.

Posted by: restonhoops | August 20, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

This would be a legitimate point, except for a few annoying facts that get in the way: A great recruiting class 3 years ago in Vasquez, Hayes, Milbourne, Osby, and Burney; A solid recruiting class a year later in Bowie, Tucker, Gregory, Walker and Dupree (who people forget was a top 100 national prospect); And last year, the Baltimore Player of the Year in Sean Mosley.

Also in the past 2 years Gary has signed top prospects Terrence Jennings and Gus Gilchrist, but both backed out last minute.

But please by all means keep living in your own delusional world where Gary Williams takes anyone who will come to Maryland.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 20, 2009 1:08 PM
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Care to cite the overall season records for the Terp teams with above mentioned players?

I'm waiting buddy.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 20, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Fellow Kool-Aid drinkers unite!

Good job, Gary.
Welcome to Maryland, Mychal!

restonhops: you sound like a guy who wins $2 million in the lottery and then cries that he didn't win $3 million. Considering that we went to the tournament last despite your ramblings (along with petecard and poopy) and that we beat the national champion and the runner-up in the same season without the star talent says something about this team and this coach. The fact that we got some legit talent shows me that this program is still in good shape. So keep hating while I sip on my tropical punch flavored glass.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | August 20, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Care to cite the overall season records for the Terp teams with above mentioned players?

I'm waiting buddy.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 20, 2009 1:40 PM

This is the problem with the Gary Can't Recruit types. They mistakenly equate high school rankings with college success. Tell me Poop, coming out of high school what was Juan Dixon's Rivals.com ranking? How did Travis Garrison, local athlete and McDonalds All American, turn out in college?

That's why those who obsess over who are recruits are need to find something else to do. You never know how a kid will turn out until he plays on national tv in front of 17,950 screaming fans against ACC competition.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 20, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

There is room for one more and possibly two depending on the scholarship situation with transfers and former walk-ons.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | August 20, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Barno, no where did I ever bring up player rankings. I asked you to cite the Terps record at the end of the season with all these recruits you're so ga-ga over. Recruits that you said come from a "great" and "solid" recruiting class.

That's all I asked and you couldn't even cite those records because you know they speak for themselves.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 20, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Considering that we went to the tournament last despite your ramblings (along with petecard and poopy) and that we beat the national champion and the runner-up in the same season without the star talent says something about this team and this coach.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | August 20, 2009 1:50 PM
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I love this argument. When it's time for the World Series, I bet you can go back see games where the 2 teams representing their respective leagues in the WS were beaten by both the Nats and Orioles.

Doesn't mean jack squat because those 2 teams are playing for a championship while the Nats and O's are on the golf course.

Same with Gary and the Terps. Wow, they beat NCAA champ and runner up, yet where they playing either of those teams in the NCAA championship? Nope, didn't even make it close.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 20, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Prisbell gave himself credit for spurring the Terps to the NCAA tournament last year, as a result of the Terps' focus (in Prisbell's mind) on the Post's series of Terp-bashing articles. Now Prisbell can give himself credit for landing top recruits. Where would the Terps be without Prisbell and Yanda?

Posted by: EdDC | August 20, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Remember Terrance Jennings-the kid who verballed to MD only to go to Loiusville? Parker will never enroll at MD.

Posted by: sjp879 | August 20, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey, just t his week the post did a story about this kid and his handler who was looking for handouts from different schools.... I bet you that NCAA will be sniffing around this committment!

Posted by: rvanags | August 20, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Ahh, thats why I love this board. Welcome Poopy, in your first message you almost sounded satisfied with Gary's incoming recruits. I agree with your logic on the World Series to a point. The difference is in MLB, the regular season is too long for individual games to matter. beating carolina this year was a big win - especially considering how badly they beat us first - and was part of the run that got us that (very last at-large) bid to the NCAA.

The $500 given to his handler for assisting at the camp is something that bothers me a bit. Expecting an investigation about it unless of course it was legal....which to be honest, I think it is. I seem to recall that anyone can be hired to assist at a school sponsored camp with a limit on compensation. Thats how some of the AAU coaches are comp'd for their participation. Not like the $$$$$$ that Calhoun gave to Rudy Gay's AAU team.

I know Burney (given a healthy foot) will still be here next year as well as Gregory and hopefully the freshment bigs. Still would like to see the class filled out with another big man.

Warm Regards to all -

HGR

Posted by: HughGRection | August 20, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Is Goins still on the team? Why do I keep thinking he already transferred?

Posted by: HughGRection | August 20, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Barno, no where did I ever bring up player rankings. I asked you to cite the Terps record at the end of the season with all these recruits you're so ga-ga over. Recruits that you said come from a "great" and "solid" recruiting class.

That's all I asked and you couldn't even cite those records because you know they speak for themselves.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 20, 2009 1:59 PM

Ok, there's 2 different arguments going on here. The argument (not made by you, but to which I responded to) that claims Gary doesn't recruit top prospects--which is ridiculous. Then the other argument (made by you) that the prospects we did get turned out to be not so great. Well, that's much more subjective. Is a team's final record the sole determinant of how good a team's players are? I don't think so, but even if that was true, doesn't making the tournament in 2 of the last 3 years validate that these last few classes have at the very least been solid?

Posted by: Barno1 | August 20, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Parker looks like a good kid in the video interview the Sun has up. "I'm looking for a good academic program and a good coach."

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/recruiting/2009/08/terps_land_mychal_parker.html

Posted by: jake177 | August 20, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

A top 15 class because we sign 4 or 5 players ranked 30-100 is not a big deal.

Posted by: restonhoops | August 20, 2009 1:31 PM

I love it. A top 15 class is not a big deal.

You are the same people who always b*tch about the back to back NIT years of 05 and 06...which were a result of back to back top 5 recruiting classes in 02 and 03.

Which would you rather have? A top 5 recruiting class that results in an NIT season...or a less heralded class that wins a national championship?

The correct answer is...

Posted by: Barno1 | August 20, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Parker will never enroll at MD.

Posted by: sjp879 | August 20, 2009 2:25 PM

MERRRRrrrrrrr

Posted by: Barno1 | August 20, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Maryland -> NCAA tournament appearance with a 1st round victory...

Georgetown -> NIT appearance and a 1st round loss.

G'town had preseason final four hype, MD had no hype whatsoever.

JT3 receives NO criticism within the pages of WaPo or the dot com version for his season and his numerous transfers.

Gary receives a slanderous and damning series of 3 articles about how he has fallen off midway through his season, then returns to the NCAAs and is on his way to a top 20 recruiting class.

Steve, still eagerly awaiting a response to when I should expect the article(s) on Georgetown's demise.

Posted by: S2DU | August 20, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Is a team's final record the sole determinant of how good a team's players are? I don't think so, but even if that was true, doesn't making the tournament in 2 of the last 3 years validate that these last few classes have at the very least been solid?

Posted by: Barno1 | August 20, 2009 4:00 PM

So if a teams final record IS NOT "the sole determinant of how good a team's players are," as your saying, than how much responsibility does Gary and his assistant coaches have in said records?

I thought Gary could do no wrong yet according to this he must be atleast part of the reason for sub-par play by "great" and "solid" recruits, no?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 20, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Gary receives a slanderous and damning series of 3 articles about how he has fallen off midway through his season, then returns to the NCAAs and is on his way to a top 20 recruiting class.

Posted by: S2DU | August 20, 2009 6:04 PM
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How is that series on Gary either damning or slanderous?

Unless of course you look at Gary's record (in terms of recruiting, regular season, and post-season) as being slanderous and damning, than yeah I agree.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 20, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

damning -> because it was written midway through the job, not when the season was completed.

slanderous -> because the piece was written during a critical time of recruiting and provided a focus on the negatives while seemingly glossing over the incredible job he has done since arriving and how strong the program still is.
Not to mention some subtle mentions of the Georgetown program overtaking Maryland as the area top dog, which was proven incorrect soon after being written.

Posted by: S2DU | August 20, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Can you point out any inaccurate statements or outright lies that were in the piece on Gary?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 20, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

For one, that Georgetown is the top program in the area- and two, that Georgetown is getting ALL the local players-

Posted by: S2DU | August 20, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

So if a teams final record IS NOT "the sole determinant of how good a team's players are," as your saying, than how much responsibility does Gary and his assistant coaches have in said records?

I thought Gary could do no wrong yet according to this he must be atleast part of the reason for sub-par play by "great" and "solid" recruits, no?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 20, 2009 6:10 PM

I never said Gary could do no wrong, and actually I posted a comment just this week about Gary's biggest failure as a coach being John Gilchrist. It's impossible to determine who bares the most responsibility for the 04/05 and 05/06 seasons ending up in the NIT, but I probably blame Strawberry for getting injured and McCray for flunking out more than anyone else for those years. The loss of their best player in 04/05 to injury and their top scorer in 05/06 to academics cannot be understated. We make the tourney--easily--in both those years if we didn't lose those 2 players.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 20, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

This is not a legal case. Anyone who tries to confuse the situation by asking a bogus question implying that if the situation is not legally actionable ("outright lies")then there was no bias simply helps prove the case for practical purposes.

Next he might try to use the Chewbacca Defense.

"And so, ladies and gentlemen of the supposed jury, you have to remember when you're in that jury room deliberatin' and conjugatin' the Emancipation Proclamation, does it make sense? No. Ladies and Gentlemen of this supposed jury it does not make sense. If Chewbacca lives on Endor you must acquit."

Posted by: jake177 | August 20, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Will we have the top recruiting class in the ACC? 2nd? 3rd? 4th maybe... yawn

Posted by: restonhoops | August 20, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Can you point out any inaccurate statements or outright lies that were in the piece on Gary?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | August 20, 2009 6:57 PM

I wouldn't call it slanderous, more like completely biased and agenda-driven. The reporters--one of whom, Prisbell, I think is an otherwise fantastic reporter--set out to create a storyline that MD has fallen further than any National Champ in the last 17 years. This was the theme of the series--MD as a champ that has fallen further than anyone else--but it just isn't even remotely true.

If you simply look at wins and losses in the years after the championship, there are several teams that have fallen further--some much further-- than the Terps since the title. Some teams didn't make the NCAA tourney the year after their title (florida the last 2 years), some teams didn't even make the NIT (Uconn, Syracuse)--MD's never been in danger of missing the NIT. And then there's been some teams, such as UNC and Arkansas, that have had seasons with 18, 19, 20 losses. Teams that completely fell apart. MD has never been in a situation like that since their title. So the whole premise of the series was baseless.

There were other ridiculous themes in the series as well, such as the claim that Gary has "neglected the backyard."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/custom/2009/02/11/CU2009021103205.html

In the "Neglecting the backyard" graph, there's a section called "Other Players." These are a list of guys who didn't make All Met, but turned out to be pretty good players. It's interesting that the reporters went out of their way to NOT include a guy like James Gist (who attended Good Counsel), or Gus Gilchrist (who attended Progressive Christian Academy)--guys that Gary clearly did not "neglect" and who clearly fit that category. It's also interesting they didn't mention this quote from an earlier Prisbell story: "Coach Williams was the reason Gus came to the school," Woody (Gilchrist's trainer) said. "He has kept his word in every situation. I really thank Coach Williams for helping Gus through everything this year because it has been very hard for him."

Look folks, there's a reason a rival head coach had this to say about the 3 part series:

“Yeah, it’s a joke, it’s a joke. It is just an absolute joke. It is disgusting that he could go through that with what he has built." -Seth Greenberg

Posted by: Barno1 | August 20, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Barno1, its hard to agree with you since you think i a not a terp...But boy i do agree with ya about Gary...Where we we be without him...Bottom half of thew Acc...
He has made Maryland a household name in bb. I hope Gary never leaves..PS Duke fans hate the terps because we own them at Cameron..It is sweet to go to those games...Triva..Classic game years ago..Who tipped in at the buzzer to beat the # 3 devils?????

Posted by: carolina1 | August 21, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Keith Booth.

Posted by: Mariolucasforthree | August 21, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

NOT KEITH BOOTH..kEEP TRYING ..IT WAS BEFORE HIS TIME

Posted by: carolina1 | August 21, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Joe Smith had a tip in to beat Duke in I think 95. Looking for another?

Posted by: restonhoops | August 21, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Restonhoops ding ding ding ...

I was there and let me tell ya.... THERE WAS SILENCE.... we sit behind the bench for the duke, carolina and state games and let me tell ya that ranked right up there with Len Bias( God rest his soul) performance on the opening night of the Dean Dome

Posted by: carolina1 | August 21, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

You all need to quit hating on Prisbell for doing his job. More than half of the fan base was pissed off at his lack of recruiting and like it or not, we'd become second tier, so he wrote about it. Isn't that what newspapers are supposed to do? Furthermore, I think everybody but the Redskins get a free pass from the media in this town. When I was at CP Gary was fall down drunk and that never gets mentioned in the local press. Were this New York he would be skewered relentlessly for both the personal and the professional.

Posted by: cjterps98 | August 21, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

My favorite moment in MD bb history was Earl Badu's move and basket on senior night vs. UVA - last game at Cole on the way to NC. For me.

For my buddy from Duke, it is Kieth Gatlin inbounding off of Warren Martin's butt (UNC) in the ending moments of the Dean Dome game Carolina1 mentions above. btw - my buddy from Duke would like to mention that he finds it hard NOT to root for Maryland and is a fan of Gary's program and that UNC is the only ACC school he truly hates. That said, he would prefer Duke to beat MD. He also says thank you to Carolina1 (he REALLY thinks your name is terrible - you think Barno was complaining) for bringing up the Joe Smith basket. He would also like to remind his board that Duke was the two time (he actually repeated "two time" about six times as he is looking over my shoulder) reighning NC at the time of this horrible defeat and remained so afterwards. I just reminded him up until C. Webber called a time out and UNC became NCs. ok, he flipped me the bird.

That said, that particular Joe Smith moment is our UNC buddies favorite moment in MD basketball. Yes the silence was deafening. He would like to point out that the Steve Blake steal only comes in second because it was at halftime. He thanks you carolina1 for bringing it back to his attention. We need to get some work done, so I'll mention Warren Martin to send him on his way.

Have a great weekend all -

-HGR

Posted by: HughGRection | August 21, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Carolina1 -

Joe Smith and Kieth Booth were part of the same recruiting class so technically you're wrong on the "before his time comment".

You made my day in bringing it up and have sent this humble office into a great mood for a Friday. I hear my colleagues yapping over the topic right now. Seriously, they both follow MD as their second team after their alma maters. Additionally, both felt that what the WP pulled on GW this year was logically flawed, amatuerish, slanted and worth cancelling print subscriptions over (I actually did, but it was at the same time I discovered this board so its not like I quit the WP altogether).

This board has discussed whther Joe was a bust of a number 1 pick. Booth was hyped by the media - deservedly so. Joe had no fanfare, but by the time this Duke game happened, Joe was already the talk of college basketball. He did a lot of this stuff as I recall - 20+ppg on 11 shots and 10+ rpg. And yeah, it seemed his totals went up against better competition. He was the consensus number one when he came out and deservedly so based on his body of work in college. Shawn Bradley at number two - NOW that was a bust! Every other player was seen as flawed in that draft to some degree or another. It was clear who the top four were (smith, r. wallace, Stack and mcdyess). If one had the number one pick, needed a 4/5 and had McDyess, Wallace and Joe Smith to pick from (in 1994) one would have been crucified for not taking J. Smith.

Posted by: HughGRection | August 21, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

You all need to quit hating on Prisbell for doing his job. More than half of the fan base was pissed off at his lack of recruiting and like it or not, we'd become second tier, so he wrote about it. Isn't that what newspapers are supposed to do? Furthermore, I think everybody but the Redskins get a free pass from the media in this town. When I was at CP Gary was fall down drunk and that never gets mentioned in the local press. Were this New York he would be skewered relentlessly for both the personal and the professional.

Posted by: cjterps98 | August 21, 2009 10:33 AM

Not sure if this was a response to my long post or not, but I definitely don't "hate on" Prisbell. I've had just one major disagreement with something he's written in the last 5 years. Jason La Canfora, he is not.

AS for this comment: "More than half of the fan base was pissed off at his lack of recruiting"

Not true.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 21, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

CJ-

While many of us have had our bad nights, I have known Gary 15+ years and have never once seen him "fall down drunk". Ever since that tainted photo appeared two summers ago (or more) he rarely drinks in public, and if so, it is one glass of white wine or a miller lite.

Gary deserves criticism for many things, but a drunk is not one of them-

Posted by: S2DU | August 21, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Blake stealing ball from Jason Williams was the loudest Cole has ever been. The place exploded like nothing I've ever seen.

Couple notes on this:

1) In pre game warm ups, Blake did something that sort of foreshadowed the play. As the MD players were making there way from the court back to the locker room, they had to cross by the Duke side of the court. Blake was the last player to exit the court, and dribbled up slowly as the Duke players were conducting shooting drills. He pulled up right behind Jason Williams and from about 25 feet, drained a 3 pointer on their end of the court, and then sprinted threw the Duke drills and into the locker room. The student section went nuts.

2) My buddy and I thought we had snagged the best seats in the house in the front row of the student section, mid court. The row was suspiciously empty and we had a feeling some group had won the right to those seats but was just late...and were just hoping that somehow we'd be able to squeeze in when they arrived.

Well turns out that Math Team showed up with about 30 seconds before tip off and we had to move. At that point there was no where else to sit so we end up going to the top of the section right about the steps, and who should we end up watching the tip off with but none other than Coach Friegden--a month removed from an ACC title and Orange Bowl. I say to him "how did YOU not get a seat??" and he responds with "because I didn't get a seat!" hah! Within a few minutes some clueless usher informs the 3 of us we have to find our seats or leave the arena--Fridge looked like he was going to kill the guy.

So my buddy and I end up watching the whole game from atop the student section next to the Dove bar stand...while we notice our football coach has taken up 2 seats court-side directly behind the basket. And MD goes on to destroy the top ranked team in the country on our way to winning the ACC reg season title and later national championship.

Ah the memories.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 21, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Barno1-

Who would have thought then that Steve Blake would be a starting PG in the NBA and Jay Williams would be working for ESPN... funny how things work out-

Posted by: S2DU | August 21, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Barno, come on, Gary pulled off a coup last year and it's a testimony to his coaching.... BUT... had they not over achieved they would've been playing to some less than full houses. Maybe we'll just disagree on this but my perception is that the fan base was getting restless with playing in the NIT and failures at keeping the best of the local catch in house. All that said, it's looking like we could be in for a fun few years with the class he's assembling now. Hopefully he can add a big guy too if there's still room.

Posted by: cjterps98 | August 21, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

S2DU, I graduated in '98 and there were a lot of student tales that started with, "Remember the time at Bentley when Gary....." I'm sure many of those accounts were embellished and I never met the guy so I can't confirm or deny any of it and you're right, it's unfair of me to call him a drunk. However, that perception existed big time when I was there. Just saying.

Posted by: cjterps98 | August 21, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

S2DU, I graduated in '98 and there were a lot of student tales that started with, "Remember the time at Bentley when Gary....." I'm sure many of those accounts were embellished and I never met the guy so I can't confirm or deny any of it and you're right, it's unfair of me to call him a drunk. However, that perception existed big time when I was there. Just saying.

Posted by: cjterps98 | August 21, 2009 12:49 PM

From my perspective it has been totally embellished. I have seen him dozens upon dozens of times at Bentleys and elsewhere over the years and never once was he "fall down drunk" as Cjterps claims. I believe it's a myth that he is some raging alcoholic, and it doesn't help when a picture of him sneezing makes the internet with claims about how wasted he is in the picture.

And just for the record, if I were a single and coached the mens basketball team at UMD, I'd be at Bentleys a lot too.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 21, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Another triva taht will really show my age..I wish i could remember the date but it was in the 70s and ro this day i have never heard cole or comcast any louder..

Here is the game Notre Dame is rated# 1 in the nation and our terp are not even inthe top 40.Cole feild hose is so packed that the Fire marshall is going beserk.. Nd is up by 2 with 3 sec left the terps have the ball and digger the ass that he is caklls time...I can clearly see his lips telling everyone pls do not foul pls do not foul..The ball is inbounded toGreg Manning who drives towars the basket and passes to( you need to guess) who makes the layup and all i see is the refs Fist in the air foul Kelly tripcu Our mistery player makes the free throw nad we win by one....I still get goose bumps from that one...

Who made that basket???

Posted by: carolina1 | August 21, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

larry gibson 1979 game i think

Posted by: gbx79 | August 21, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Gbx79...Ding Ding Ding...Were you at the game...Ihave never heard cole feild house that loud...If i recall it took hrs to get out of the parking lot...

Posted by: carolina1 | August 21, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

That is a great Maryland basketball story I was not aware of. Thanks for that.

I grew up in Michigan before going to Maryland and remember Kelly Tripucka's days with the Pistons. Haven't thought of him in 20 years. Ha.

Adolescent boys (excluding me, of course...) always thought it was hilarious how the announcer at the Silverdome would say his name whenever he scored. "Kelly Trih-PUKE!!-ahh"

Glad he commited that foul!

Posted by: jake177 | August 21, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

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