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Interview with Adrian Bowie

As I mentioned in the blog post earlier this morning, the advance on Maryland's game today against N.C. State dealt with the critical roles that junior reserve guards Adrian Bowie and Cliff Tucker could play for the Terrapins the rest of this season. I provided more quotes from my chat with Tucker in the earlier post, and now I would like to do the same with the quotes left over from my talk with Bowie.

Bowie is averaging 4.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game. Here is more of what he had to say:

(On what he wanted to improve on this past offseason after starting 28 games for Maryland during last season's run to the second round of the NCAA tournament) "I just wanted to expand my perimeter game better," Bowie said. "I wanted to be able to knock down open jump shots. When Greivis (Vasquez) would drive, or when they would play off Eric (Hayes), or when they would play up on Eric and leave me wide open, I was trying to work on that and just work on my ball-handling and conditioning."

(On how the summer work paid off early this season) "I felt like in the beginning I was knocking down a bunch of jump shots, and I kind of relied on it too much," Bowie said. "I think that’s kind of what got me in trouble."

(On whether coming off of the bench, instead of starting like he did last season, contributed to his diminished aggressiveness) "I don’t think that had to do with it," Bowie said. "It’s more of just my mind-set. Sometimes when I come in I don’t want to make mistakes, and I feel like if I make a mistake then I’m going to come out, and I don’t want to come out. I want to play, and I want to help the team, so I just wasn’t playing as aggressive as I had been playing."

(On how he can tell when he's not being aggressive enough on the court) "I’m looking to pass more than just being aggressive and if I have to pass when I’m being aggressive then I’ll do that, but I’m just looking to pass more often," Bowie said.

(On how he's been able to adjust his mind-set and perform better in recent weeks) "I just try to work hard every day," Bowie said. "And from working hard, just stay aggressive at all times."

By Steve Yanda  |  January 23, 2010; 11:04 AM ET
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Comments

Bowie seems like a very level headed, intelligent guy. Whether he plays professionally or not, he'll be fine after Maryland.

I wish he'd be more aggressive though. We have enough jump shooters on this team already, we need him to attack and try to penetrate more often. He'll be starting again next year (if not sooner) and i recommend he start looking at film of john gilchrist from his sophomore year. That's the kind of player Bowie COULD be..IF he wanted to be.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 23, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Bowie went through stretches last season where he was so aggressive and so quick that he was getting to the cup at will. I remember games where he was getting to the line, essentially whenever he wanted to. I remember he dropped like 20 at Miami, and there was a 4-5 game stretch where he was good for 15PPG then he just kind of faded into oblivion as the season went on. He just needs to use his quickness to get in the lane and take it to the rack.


1st place in the ACC by the end of the day. Go Terps!

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | January 23, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

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