Gary Williams: James Padgett needs to see more playing time
On Sunday, for the second time this season, freshman forward James Padgett did not play in a game because of a coach's decision. On Wednesday, for at least the second time this season, Coach Gary Williams expressed regret for not playing Padgett more in games.
Padgett, who recorded DNP-CDs Sunday at Clemson and Dec. 12 against Eastern Kentucky, is averaging 11.9 minutes per game and has played more than 13 minutes in a game just once since Maryland played in the Maui Invitational in late November.
"It’s up to us to use our team to play well," Williams said Wednesday. "Whether you’re the first guy on the team or the ninth guy on the team, if you have a nine-man rotation. For instance, if I had a thing to do over again I would have played James Padgett some against Clemson. I didn’t get him in the game, but he played very well against Florida State, so he’s somebody that has to be a part of our rotation as we play our last 10 games now. So I’m looking forward to that. He had a good practice yesterday, and I want him ready to go for tomorrow night."
Against Florida State on Jan. 10, Padgett logged 10 minutes, shot 1 of 2 from the field and tallied four points and four rebounds.
Even during games in January in which the Terrapins were comfortably ahead in the second half, Padgett did not check in at the scorer's table until the closing minutes. He played four minutes in a 16-point win at Boston College. He played three minutes in a 24-point win against N.C. State. He played eight minutes in a 22-point win over Miami.
And then, against Clemson on Sunday, Padgett did not play at all. He is averaging 4.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
"You know, the game’s a two-point game all the way in the second half," Williams said of the Clemson game. "You know, you like to go with Dino Gregory, who’s been there before and that type of thing. But you have to get over that as a coach. You have to put guys in, and James will work hard when he gets in there. He’s not going to be perfect, but nobody else was either on Sunday, so we’ll see how it goes."
February 4, 2010; 10:07 AM ET
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