Maryland men's basketball season recap: Sean Mosley
This week, Terrapins Insider will take a look back on the 2009-10 Maryland men’s basketball season from an individual standpoint. We’ll discuss how each player’s year went and look ahead to his role on the team going forward. Readers are encouraged to provide their thoughts in the comments section below or email them to email@example.com.
With the steps he’s taken thus far in his Maryland career, you get the sense now that the senior trio of Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne are departing that the Terrapins are now Sean Mosley’s team. A fulltime starter since midway through his freshman season, Mosley has firmly entrenched himself as an integral part of the squad, someone who leads with his play and his words.
“He has an old soul,” Mosley’s former AAU coach, Carlton Carrington, said back in early November. “Way more mature than other kids in his age group.”
Mosley’s game is not so much about flash as it is about grit, and so it’s not difficult to see why Mosley was able to endear himself to Coach Gary Williams so quickly. Last season, Mosley established himself as the team’s best and most physical perimeter defender, and this season was supposed to be about expanding his responsibilities on the floor.
In some ways, Mosley accomplished that goal. Regardless of how well he shot the ball or how many points he scored, you knew that Mosley would find a way to make some sort of tangible contribution to Maryland’s effort pretty much every game. He would rebound, he would force steals, he would dish out a few assists, he would do something. Mosley always made his presence felt.
He averaged 1.2 steals and 5.5 rebounds per game in conference play, finishing second on the team in both categories.
But after the hot offensive start Mosley got off to this season, more was expected of him in the point production department heading into the ACC season. For the season, Mosley shot 50.9 percent from the field and averaged 10.1 points per game. But in conference play, he shot 41.8 percent and averaged 8.3 points per game. The competition on the whole, obviously, was much tougher during the ACC season, yet still, you often wondered what was wrong, what was different, what had changed.
And in perhaps his most impressive performance of the season, Mosley sat down with reporters on Feb. 19, the day before Maryland beat Georgia Tech at Comcast Center on Cliff Tucker’s last-second three-point shot, and answered every question they had regarding his shooting woes. The rarity that a Maryland player A) would subject himself to that, and B) would be allowed to subject himself to that is worth pointing out. Typically, if a Terrapin is going through a rough stretch on the court he is not made available for interviews off of it.
But Mosley sat there with that all-knowing, everything-will-be-fine grin and answered question after question.
“My teammates got a lot of trust in me, and they know that if I keep shooting, eventually I’m going to start hitting them,” Mosley said that day. “Right now it’s just a tough stretch for me because my shots are not falling. That just comes with playing this game of basketball. You’re going to have some off nights. You know, I had a couple off nights recently, but I do a lot of other things to help my team out to win. If my shots not falling, I make sure my man don’t score, make sure I get every loose ball and every rebound, just try to help the team out in any aspect that I can.”
Mosley shot 3 for 8 from the field and tallied six points against the Yellow Jackets, but four days later against Clemson he registered a game-high 20 points on 6 for 8 shooting.
The capability to be a scorer clearly is there. Mosley is a smart player who seems to hold a firm grasp on how to operate Williams’s offensive system. But he needs to improve on his ability to create his own shot, especially now that the Terrapins will be in search of some new go-to scoring options. Mosley might not turn into a guy who can shoulder the squad’s scoring load on a nightly basis, but he can be a consistent scoring threat, someone in the role of, say, Eric Hayes, a guy who picked his spots quite well.
March 31, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
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