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Jordan Williams named ACC Rookie of the Week

Earlier today, the ACC announced its weekly awards and Maryland freshman forward Jordan Williams was honored as the conference's rookie of the week. This is the first time Williams has claimed such a distinction.

Williams averaged 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in two games over the past week. The 6-foot-10 freshman from Torrington, Conn. tallied eight points and six rebounds Tuesday during Maryland's 22-point win over Miami, and on Sunday's nine-point loss at Clemson, Williams registered his third double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

In addition to his statistical production, Williams also has proven to be a capable post defender against stiff competition thus far in ACC play. Against Clemson, Williams marked up against Trevor Booker, an established top-tier ACC frontcourt player, and Williams's defense played a large role in limiting Booker -- who entered the game averaging 16.0 points per game -- to 10 points on 2 of 16 shooting.

"He was great," Maryland Coach Gary Williams said Sunday. "He kept us in there in the first half, without a doubt. We only scored (22) points, and without him rebounding I don’t know where we would have been. The other thing I liked about Jordan was he sprained his ankle a little bit there in the second half and he came back and played. He wasn’t limping out there or anything like that, so if he keeps where he is, if he just keeps working hard, he’s going to be special, so it was a very positive game for Jordan."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 1, 2010; 1:38 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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A very well-earned honor for the young man.

It was good to see that he also made 5 of 6 free throws.

Posted by: petecard | February 1, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Great to see Williams play tough, play with his back to the basket, and rebound. Great looking freshman who seems to get better every game.

Posted by: lavar609 | February 1, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Gary can't recruit, what a crappy freshman big man we have! Only 9.5 rebounds per game this week?!? Wtf? I bet you somewhere in this country there is a young big man who could get us more than 9.5 rebounds/game. Gary just doesn't have it anymore, can't recruit, can't coach, and look at how far down in the ACC standings we are! I'm with Petecard, it's time for him to retire. Bring in Dave Laitao or just hire some aspiring coach off the street--and our program will take off. Just watch.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 1, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

A well-deserved honor. Good for JDub. I wish he got the ball more as a primary scoring threat, I think he would open the offense up significantly.

Posted by: jpfterps | February 1, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Good for JW - especially turning it around on the FT%. Need to beat Fl State again. Not nearly the environment that Liljon is but I hope the team does not take the comeptition lightly. He has delivered nicely this year. Still do not think there is a chance he will stay 4 yrs though.

At least we got a game off from the shimmy.

And we are still effectively tied for 1st in the ACC. Beat the noles.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | February 1, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Jordan. A very well-earned award, and a nice change up from the ACC-media, who were smitten with Derrick Favors. Jordan, if he stays all 4 years, could become a legendary player in this conference if he continues his growth.

Posted by: Russtinator | February 1, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, he strikes me as a 4 year player. Gary has put dozens of guys in the NBA in his career, but aside from the lottery picks (Francis, Smith, and Wilcox) no Terp has left early for the NBA under Gary's watch (not counting Gilchrist).

Don't get me wrong, I love Jordan Williams' game and think he's got a very promising future that could include the NBA one day--I just don't see him leaving early.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 1, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

give me a break. One decent big man since Wilcox.. well woopdedo! winner winner chicken dinner. Williams is decent, but he's gone after his sophomore year if someone doesn't get to him this year. Not because he's a finished product by any means, but he has "potential" and that's what the NBA values..

Posted by: restonhoops | February 1, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

J. Williams is 4 year player.

Posted by: Section505203 | February 1, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Atleast my indoor soccer team won our game Sunday.

That's a plus.

Also when will our stud, 1st overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft, guard learn that when he runs his mouth he usually comes out and lays an egg on the court.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 1, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Reston, please see previous post re: the history of Gary's players leaving early. Very unlikely Williams leaves early, let alone next year.

As for the only "decent" big man since Wilcox. Really? James Gist, who was drafted by the Spurs, was an All ACCer and All ACC defensive first team, not to mention is all over the top 10 lists in the career record books at MD. Or Ibekwe, who was an All ACC defensive teamer. Or how about Jamar Smith or Ryan Randle...both of whom were very decent when they started as senior? Or if your beef is a "decent" recruit, how about McDonalds All American Travis Garrison, who though he didn't live up to the hype at MD still came in very highly regarded?

Please. Stop. Posting.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 1, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Hahahaha, Jordan Williams leaving early? I don't think too many players leave college early for the prospect of playing in Turkey (Gilchrist excluded). Williams is a nice college player. Hopefully he will continue to develop and along the way help Maryland win games in the next four years and get a degree. As for leaving early, I don't think the NBA is too enamored with players that will have the potential to hop over two stacked credit cards with some intense training.

Posted by: andreic | February 1, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah no decent big men?

You seem to be forgetting about Mike Mardesich and Obina Ekeze.

I mean both of those guys are still playing in the NBA.

And watch out, James Gist is just this close to cracking the Spurs roster. Tim Duncan is just taking all of his minutes.........

And all-around-stud Travis Garrison is just really dominating, in Turkey. Or is he dominating a turkey sandwich.........

Ryan Randle is averaging a quadruple-double while playing in Mexico.

And lest we forget about last years big man, Dave Neal. He's tearing it up while playing in ______________.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 1, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Poop, who really cares what any of those players are doing after they leave Maryland? Lonny Baxter never amounted to much in the NBA, but that didn't stop him from dropping something like a 27-15 against UConn during the National Championship run. How about some other highly thought of conference players? Shelden Williams, Sean May, Tyler Hansbrough? They're all pine riders in the NBA. That didn't stop the last two from helping their college teams from winning National Championships.

Posted by: andreic | February 1, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

If JW is rated lottery level, he goes. Terence Miller was a guy who played his way out of the lottery (as a sophomore) into the second round...but then again Wilcox saw that firsthand and skipped out while his worth was high. And we all know the Joe Smith story by heart. The key is, is he lottery bound? Don't think his vertical leap is an issue, has size and is developing skills to be a legit NBA center - maybe not a star, but definitely not a wasted roster spot. Again, this assuming that he maintains his consistency from the last 8 games or so. You can't teach size, you can't teach speed.

poopy - Obinna did last about 5 years in the NBA which isn't a terrible career at all...and he was a horrible FT shooter.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | February 1, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Poopy, your really an idiot arent you? Obinna Ekezie was A) before Wilcox and B) perhaps the best center in the ACC before he got hurt his senior year. if you really think he should wasn't decent (which is what you seem to be implying) either your memory is not very good or you're just an idiot (or both).

I think Gist was ok, nothing spectacular but obviousl decent, Ryan Randle yes, Jamar Smith had a decent run for a while, Ibekwe not reall, Dave Neal no (but he was not expected to be a big man anyway...just sorta fell into that role last year).

Posted by: mikegt67 | February 1, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

HgR, do you mean Terrence Morris? Overall, I'm very happy with what Jordan has brought to the team this year. However, DeJuan Blair he is not. Players of Jordan's size have not done particularly well in the NBA (see May, Sean or Sweetney, Michael). He's too short to be a center and too slow to be a power forward.

Posted by: andreic | February 1, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Hugh, you mean Terrence Morris?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 1, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Barno you are good for a laugh if nothing else. Gary doesn't have many players leave early because he doesn't recruit talented players... Those that had talent Wilcox, Stevie, and Smith all left early..if Williams grows another inch and puts on another 10 pounds of muscle he could put himself in that lottery discussion.. good big men tend not to stay 4 years unless they are a different breed like Tyler Hansbrough or Tim Duncan.. most big men that stay 4 years are stiffs

Posted by: restonhoops | February 1, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

BTW Gist was a big disappointment compared to what his upside was. he simply did not develop at MD and I'm sure that is looked at by elite 3/4s at the high school level.. Mosley is the latest player in danger of not developing up to his potential.. he has/had star potential but he's coming into the 2nd half of his sophomore year and its time to show it

Posted by: restonhoops | February 1, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I have not mentioned firing Gary in quite a while. I did talk some time ago about not extending and renewing his contract.

I know the realities at play and Gary isn't going anywhere.

Williams is a nice player. We do get nice players now and then. Problem is we need more, many more and we need some from the cream of the crop, some not all.

It's a little silly right now to start dumping on all that stuff. A frustrating loss, but hopefully not the start of a trend. We had a bad game taking care of the ball and shooting and gave up to many offensive rebounds.

But we don't have to have a civil war at this point. Besides, nothing matters until the tournament. We really need to keep getting better and get to the regionals.

Let's see what happens. Then we can all once again state our cases for the future.

Posted by: petecard | February 1, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Anybody that thinks Jordan Williams will be a lottery pick is clueless! He is a 4 year player no doubt. He is a great college player but he isn't anywhere close to being a big time pro prospect. Only chance he leaves early is if he takes thiis team deep in the tourney at some point and I still seriously doubt it. He isn't very athletic, to short to play the 5, and to slow to play the 4. He is basically Baxter 2.0 great college player and then maybe he will be a bench player in the league for a couple years.

Posted by: beas13 | February 2, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

4 year player.

Posted by: jpfterps | February 2, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

The one I'm more worried about losing is Goins. He seems like a lock to leave early for the pros.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 2, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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