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Jordan Williams builds on successful freshman campaign

In the last four games, Maryland freshman forward Jordan Williams has averaged 11 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. In that time, he has gone up agaist the likes of North Carolina State's Tracy Smith, Miami's Dwayne Collins, Clemson's Trevor Booker and Florida State's Solomon Alabi.

Not too shabby.

"The guy can score, he can catch, he can finish, you know, and he plays great defense," senior forward Landon Milbourne said following Thursday's four-point win over Florida State. "For a freshman that's a lot to ask, but he's definitely getting it done, and we're thankful to have him on this team."

Squaring off against Alabi for most of Thursday night, Williams finished with 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting, with six rebounds and two blocks. Perhaps just as importantly, he played a large role in limiting the 7-foot-1 Alabi to 12 points on 4 of 15 shooting.

Williams has played consistently well all season; he is averaging 8.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. But the thing that sticks out about him is that he seems to be continually improving in-season, which, as Coach Gary Williams pointed out, is not typical of most first-year players.

"He's willing to learn," Gary Williams said. "It's not fun, I'm sure, when you come to college and you've never been told you do anything wrong, you know, as a basketball player. And I don't know any other way to teach than to point out mistakes, and Jordan, if you tell him something he'll try to do it, he'll try to make the adjustment, and that's why he's getting better this year, his freshman year. A lot of freshmen, they play their freshman year and then you bring 'em into your office after the season's over and everything's calmed down and you say, 'Okay, you've got to work on this.' That type of thing. He's learning as he goes, and I'm proud of him for doing that because that's not easy playing at this level. There was a lot of good big people out there on the floor tonight."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 5, 2010; 2:38 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Gary can't recruit

Posted by: Barno1 | February 5, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I think he's already projected to be the 1st pick in the NBA draft................

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 5, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Gary can coach but he is NOT a good recruiter and we don't have the consistent top talent of the elite programs.

I love Jordan Williams and we all should have high expectations for him. But that doesn't change the fact that we need more players like him and better.

It's really just as simple as that.

Posted by: petecard | February 5, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Gary has put the 3rd most players in the NBA of any school in the country over the last 15 years. In the last 9 years, he's had 6 top 25 recruiting classes two in the top 5 and next year's is potentially another highly ranked class. The 3 years in the last 9 when the classes weren't highly ranked was simply because they were one-player classes (Gist in 04, Neal in 05, Mosely in 08) and thus too small to be considered.

It's really as simple as that.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 5, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse


Actually, at this point, if JW starts to take his physical training more seriously and develop his body, I would be surprised if he stays four years at MD. He has the toughness and the body to be the real deal in the NBA.

Posted by: larry31 | February 5, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Garo1, you should stop bragging about credibility...

Posted by: petecard | February 5, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Petecard, I know this is hard for you. Brace yourself...

I am not Gary Williams.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 5, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

barno is not gary williams. he is vinny cerratto

Posted by: jpfterps | February 6, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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