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Pearman's connection to Wright

When Villanova Coach Jay Wright played at Bucknell during the early 1980s he had a roommate named Craig Cody, who also played on the team. Cody is the uncle of Maryland junior swingman David Pearman, a walk-on who joined the Terrapins as a freshman in 2007.

Though Pearman, a native of Columbia, Md., grew up a Terrapins fan, he said at one time during his years at Oakland Mills High he considered trying to walk on at Villanova. Wright said that when Pearman was in 10th grade, Cody brought Pearman up to Villanova to watch one of the team's practices. Wright and Pearman spoke at the workout, and Wright's staff later went to watch some of Pearman's high school games.

"He was a pretty good player in high school," Wright said Friday in a phone interview. "We actually looked at him. He's a good player. That's a helluva walk-on. We thought he was a pretty good player, but someone else wound up committing to us so we didn't have a scholarship."

Instead, Pearman arranged a half-hour meeting with Maryland Coach Gary Williams during the spring semester of his senior season at Oakland Mills. Williams told Pearman then that he would like for Pearman to join the team as a walk-on the following fall.

Pearman has played in four games this season, totalling four points, one rebound and one steal in nine minutes.

By Steve Yanda  |  December 6, 2009; 10:06 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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