NCAA Tournament 2010: Milbourne passing along words of wisdom
While talking with reporters Tuesday at Comcast Center before the Maryland men's basketball team left to fly to Spokane, Wash., senior forward Landon Milbourne revealed some of the advice he has been imparting on the Terrapins' two freshmen forwards, Jordan Williams and James Padgett, as they prepare for their first NCAA tournament appearance.
Milbourne, who will be playing in the third NCAA tournament of his collegiate career, said this was the same advice given to him by D.J. Strawberry and James Gist when he was a freshman in 2007.
"The best advice I got was probably, 'You never know when you’re going to come back,'" Milbourne said. "I’ve only been to the tournament three times since I’ve been here. It’s not like just because you’re a big DI school you’re guaranteed to go every year. That’s not true. You never know how a season’s going to go, and that’s what we’ve been telling Jordan and James. You never know. You never know. Anything could happen, so don’t take this for granted. It’s where everybody wants to be. You know, you should feel good that you’re a top seed and you’re going to be out there playing against some of the best teams in the country. Just take advantage of it. Don’t take it for granted, because you never know how the next year’s going to be."
Milbourne then was asked whether he's given any thought to the fact that at some point during the next three weeks he will wear his Maryland uniform for the final time.
"Every now and then, you know, I think about it," Milbourne said. "But I try not to because I don’t really want it to affect how I play. I want to go out with a bang. Of course, I want to do a real good job in this tournament. That’s the only thing I’m really worried about. I’m not really worried about, you know, I’m about to be out of here or this is about to be over. I’m not really emotional about it or anything like that.
"But I think it’s just exciting. I think it’s exciting to just to prepare for something like this. And just to be in practice and thinking about, you know, we’re ready to go to the tournament. This is what we’ve been waiting for this whole year, so it’s exciting in that way, and once we get out there it will be even more of an excitement. But right now we’re just trying to focus on Houston and do whatever we can to win that game. But at the same time realize how important it is and where we’re going to be and why this game is a big deal. That’s what’s in my mind. And that’s what I’m trying to tell the other guys on the team, as well."
March 17, 2010; 8:18 AM ET
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