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Padgett seeing earlier (if not more) minutes

There were several occasions earlier this season when Coach Gary Williams bemoaned not playing freshman forward James Padgett more in games. Padgett has logged more than eight minutes in two conference games this year, despite Williams's stated plan to operate with a nine-man rotation.

Of late, Padgett's minutes have not necessarily increased -- though he did play 13 minutes Feb. 15 against Virginia, the first and only other time in conference play since Maryland's ACC opener against Florida State on Jan. 10 when Padgett saw more than eight minutes of playing time -- but they have come earlier in games. He's starting to see time in the first half, rather than near the very end of contests.

"I’d like to see James play, but we have to win games this time of year," Williams said. "So if he gets in, that’s great. That means I think he can help us win the game. That’s not to try to help James along. James knows – I think he’s experienced a lot this year already where he knows what he has to work on this spring and summer. That’s the big thing for James right now. And now he’s got to help us win. When he gets in the games, it’s about him helping us win."

Padgett has averaged 5.8 minutes per game in six contests since not playing (coach's decision) at all at Clemson on Jan. 31. He is averaging 6.1 minutes per game in ACC play and is averaging 1.3 points and 1.5 rebounds per contest.

Where Williams said Padgett (6 feet 8, 225 pounds) has been able to make somewhat of an impact is on defense, where Padgett's quickness helps him get into position.

"He’s not the biggest guy in the world, but he’s got the frame to go 10, 15 pounds more in a hurry of muscle, so I’m looking forward to that," Williams said. "Every once in a while he sneaks in and gets an offensive rebound. He’s really not a big part of the offense, but he should be. He should be as time goes by."

By Steve Yanda  |  February 24, 2010; 7:53 AM ET
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Comments

We need to get Padgett and Gregory on some HGH. I was watching a replay of the 02 Nat. Champ and we had Baxter, Holden, Randle and Wilcox....all who were big bodies. If we're not going to cheat at recruiting can we at least cheat in the weight room?

Posted by: fushezzi | February 24, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

I have faith in Kurtis Schultz and the Pet Newell big man camp helping him grow the right way. Guy has talent, no doubt about it. But back in '02 GW stuck with an 8 deep rotation (3 guards, 4 bigs and Moo a tweener) and this year he has 3 bigs (incl. LM), Moseley a tweener, and four guards - albeit bigger guards. Would like to see JP get more minutes, but as others have pointed out to me on this board, DG is way ahead of him. BEAT CLEMSON.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 24, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

More accolades for GV:

CollegeHoops.com Player of the week:
http://www.collegehoopsnet.com/greivis-vasquez-collegehoopsnet-player-week-168237

ESPN Player of the week:
http://www.umterps.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/022210aac.html

Much more attention than ACC player of the week. A star player brings attention to the program and will help us get re-ranked and better seeding. Great quote from
ESPN:

"Pity the two-seed that gets "seven-seed" Maryland: Anyway that's where I'm seeing the Terrapins slotted in the mock brackets right now. Let's see, how do I put this? That's way too low. (Especially in view of the fact that I'm also seeing Wake Forest as a six.) The Terps have outscored the ACC by as much as Purdue has outscored the Big Ten or Syracuse has outscored the Big East. If he's smart the head coach of a two-seed that gets put in Maryland's bracket will utter some R-rated treasures when he sees this pairing."

Here's the link:

http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/4600/in-defense-of-the-maryland-terrapins

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 24, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"hgr", you can stop giving regards and signing all your posts, your name is automatically at the bottom of your comment. don't know if you've ever caught onto this...

Posted by: Gnillew9 | February 24, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

HughG,

It's a little early to be talking smack about how we are going to do against a 2 seed in the second round. Your enthusiasm runneth over! Let's face it, we have serious work to do in the next 4 games and a good showing in the ACC Tournament (believe it or not they are still playing that dinosaur) would help too.

We haven't beaten anyone close to a 2 seed this year. Perhaps we should start with Clemson and VTech, then see where we get with Duckin Fuke.

Posted by: petecard | February 24, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

HughG,

Thought that was your quote. Please pass my comment on to the guy from ESPN!

Posted by: petecard | February 24, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Hugh-keep signing dude, you class this joint up a bit.

Maybe we can get JP & JW the same trainer Merriman was using at UMD?

Posted by: jpfterps | February 24, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

You get the feeling that if MD makes it to the final four, Petecard will be on here telling everyone to settle down, not get too excited. I can already see his comment:

"Final fours don't mean anything, your enthusiasm runneth over"

Do you enjoy anything in life dude?

Posted by: Barno1 | February 24, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

barno how many of your posts are directed at petecard?

this is so stalker behavior

:)

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 24, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I think poopy is jealous of the barno-petecard rivalry

Posted by: jpfterps | February 24, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

That's twice today you've brought up stalking. And we were doing so good.

I'll gladly get off Petecard's case. All he has to do is admit how wrong he was in attacking this team and its players when they were down. Just admit how wrong he was in thinking the team was better off without Gary and Greivis. No apologies needed, that's just silly...but just be a man and admit he was wrong.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 24, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I think it may be time to give up on petecard admitting he was wrong. Its so obvious to everyone on TI that it's probably best to let it go. I probably wouldn't believe it was really him admitting it anyway, unless I saw it with my own two eyes.

Rainier Wolfcastle: My eyes!! The goggles do nothing!!

Posted by: fushezzi | February 24, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Greatest simpsons line ever? Possibly

Posted by: Barno1 | February 24, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

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