Mosley stuck in a bit of a rut
The Maryland men's basketball team does not (yet) rely on sophomore guard Sean Mosley for point production. This season, that task is left to the senior trio of Greivis Vasquez, Landon Milbourne and Eric Hayes. Mosley is asked to score what he can when he can, but he is a more valuable asset to the Terrapins at this point in terms of his rebounding from the wing, his defensive presence and the competent manner in which he executes offensive sets.
Still, Mosley sure did show some promise during the non-conference season in regards to his ability to score. His shot looks mightily improved from his freshman campaign, and more importantly, he showed an improved understanding of how to find the spots on the floor on which he felt most comfortable shooting.
Since the start of ACC play, however, Mosley's offensive production has declined. He is averaging 7.6 points per game in conference games, which is a little more than half of his points per game average during non-conference play. On Saturday at Duke, Mosley tallied four points on 2 of 6 shooting in 24 minutes of play.
Obviously, Maryland consistently is playing better competition now than the Terrapins were during the first few months of the season. And on Sunday, Coach Gary Williams offered another possible explanation.
"Well, teams know you better," Williams said. "I mean, we know other teams better in conference play. Most the teams you play twice and even the ones you play once, you see them play quite a bit more than some of the teams you play in December."
So that should be taken into consideration as well. But that's a challenge faced by all of Maryland's players. In fact, it's a challenge faced by every player in every conference in the country. The teams you play most frequently always will know you best. The next stage in Mosley's development is finding a way to be a consistent scoring threat even during ACC play when the scouting reports become more informed and detailed.
He certainly seems to possess the capability to do so.
In the meantime, Mosley will continue to produce in other areas. He is averaging 6.2 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game in conference play.
"You know, Sean gives you a lot of things beside the scoring, so hopefully that's there," Williams said. "When that's there, you know, you want points from everybody, but the way to win games is to have, you know, five guys really going hard, and the points come. It seems like the points come in those situations, so hopefully for Sean the points will be there. But he can't let that affect the other parts of his game. You just have to keep playing defense, keep rebounding, doing all those things, and then if the points are there, they're there."
February 15, 2010; 10:10 AM ET
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