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A few thoughts from future Terrapin Haukur Palsson

Future Maryland swingman Haukur Palsson didn't have the most prolific night Thursday at the Capital Classic. He finished with three points on 1-of-2 shooting, an output he was able to joke about afterward.

"It was fun," Palsson said. "I wish I gotten some more shots, though. But, I mean, it's just a game, so we're just trying to have fun and that was accomplished. I wish we'd gotten the 'W', but you can't get everything."

Palsson also chipped in four rebounds and two steals. Here's what else he had to say:

On guards Terrell Stoglin and Pe'Shon Howard, future Terrapins who also competed at the Capital Classic: "I like them a lot. Terrell, he was always talking to me, trying to get me open. They were passing first and looking to score next, so I'm looking forward to staying with them the next four years."

On his plans over the next couple of months: "Just working on my all-around game, especially my quickness and athleticism. That's my main project now in the next couple of months. Trying to get my quickness up."

On how Iceland, his native country, compares to the District: "You’ve got the seasons. So do we. It’s not like Florida where they’ve got one season all around, but I like it here. That’s one of the reasons why I chose [Maryland] is it’s similar to Iceland. We’ve got summer when it’s summer. We’ve got snow when it’s winter. It feels like home here, so it’s good."

By Steve Yanda  |  April 16, 2010; 10:09 AM ET
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Comments

Palsson is the Dave Neal of this class. He could very well turn out to be a very valuable piece to a tournament team, but on the surface, he appears to be a role player that will have a hard time finding more than 10 minutes per game.

BTW, is there any word on the possibility of Burney suiting up next season (and I don't mean in a suit as the assistant strength and conditioning coach)? Also, is Goins still enrolled, or should we expect Gary to give his scholarship to a walk-on in the fall?

Posted by: Russtinator | April 16, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm predicting slightly bigger things for Paulson. He seems like such a Gary type hard working maximizing potential player. I envision him being better than Neal, given that Neal didn't do anything his first 3 years here (some of that due to injury). I see Paulson as more of a 4 year Mouton.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 16, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Burney is done. He walked out there on Senior Night with the other seniors.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 16, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

He does still have a year of eligibility left if he wanted to use it, and might be able to get another if he petitioned the NCAA for a hardship redshirt. Stranger things have happened with the Terps.

Posted by: Russtinator | April 16, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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