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Maryland lands one more 2010 commitment


Berend Weijs, a 6-foot-10 center out of Harcum College (Pa.), has signed a letter of intent to play at Maryland, the junior college announced on its website Thursday. Weijs becomes the sixth member of the Terrapins' 2010 recruiting class.

Weijs set a school record by blocking 119 shots this season, according to Harcum's website. He also averaged 6.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. A native of the Netherlands, Weijs will have two years of eligibility at Maryland.

By Steve Yanda  |  May 13, 2010; 4:34 PM ET
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6-10, 6.1 pts and 5.6 rebounds. how can we say BUM!!!!!!!!!! Give a 6-6 250 banger a scholarship before this guy. ya know the type guy that signs at Xavier, Pitt or Villanova and play basketball intuitively. Not a guy that just knows how to stand and put his hand up.

Posted by: whomp1 | May 13, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK-31T4K76w

Posted by: MrScrotums | May 13, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Whomp,

His team rotated a lot of players. He only averaged 20 minutes per game...so the 6 points and 6 boards per game is a bit misleading and isn't as bad as it looks. Plus, he blocked 19 shots in one game. He averages 1 blocked shot every five minutes.

Bottom line: We give up a scholly for two years to a guy the fills a void on next year's roster-He is a defensive presence and provides someone for J Will to compete against in practice.

While I am not excited, it is a reasonable move. I am more concerned with how much salary Dr. Yow provides to hire a recruting coordinator and who Gary can pull in to fill the position.

Posted by: larry31 | May 13, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I definitely like this move. The Terps are going to be a really young team next season with 3 freshman competing for starting roles, so having another experienced big man certainly can't hurt.

I guess this puts the final nail in the coffin of Goins. Adding a Juco also helps spread this class out a bit so 6 players are not all leaving at the same time. Gary has had good success with Juco players in the past (Ryan "sleepy" Randle, Jamar Smith, Bombale Osby, and of course Steve Francis--along with another that got blocked by Debbie Yow, Bobby Mays). With Panky's unknown health situation, Gary really needed to add another low post player to play with Dino, Williams, and Padgett, and this guy seems to fit the bill perfectly.

As usual, I think this Terps team that is being severely overlooked by the national media will sneak up and perform very well next season.

And what about this team generating the 7th largest average attendance in basketball last season?

Posted by: Russtinator | May 14, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Another big. Skinny, but in the clip we saw that he can run the floor fairly quickly.

Hey Yanda - how is his last name pronounced?

Seriously, if the guy can provide a few minutes of garbage time but can practice consistently, the team is better off. We needed a fourth effective big, and between this guy and Pankey, we finally may have it.

I wonder whether this guy raises our recruiting class ranking significantly. Moreover, we still have scholarship flexibility. Hope Goins stays and graduates eventually. Still wonder whether he had breakfast yet today.

Overall, I think this is good news. If he managed to transfer, then he had to have maintain his coursework which bodes well for our graduation stats.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | May 14, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

At a minimum he fills a need for practice against large people. The 10th, 11th and 12th men rarely - if ever - play anyways.

Posted by: shanks1 | May 14, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I smell another Final 4 coming after this one.. how about you boys?

Posted by: restonhoops | May 14, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The second coming of the Dunking Dutchman? I hope he has a mullet too

Posted by: jpfterps | May 14, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Apparently, J-Will played pick-up against him twice, was really impressed and pushed the coaches to look at him. If J-Will was impressed, than I will give this JUCO guy the benefit of the doubt. The link is from one of the commenters from the Baltimore Sun recruiting report.

http://insidemdsports.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1249:junior-college-forward-signs-with-maryland&catid=65:basketball-recruiting&Itemid=88

Posted by: larry31 | May 14, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link, Larry.

Maybe a redshirt year to bulk up a bit. Then again, we need to win this season and If he can help, we should use him. Anything over 2 mpg is gravy at this point. If he plays 5mpg, then it was a scholarship well spent (barring injury of course to DG, JW, or JP). What is the status of AP's injury? I am hoping he doesn't have a Burney-Goins-ish career at MD.

Nice to hear the players helping with recruiting efforts - maybe they have a birds-eye view of the team's deficiencies. Nice that they don't submarine someone who might take away playing time.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | May 14, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Some MD fans are delusional. Celebrating signing a big for practice? come on now, let's be honest on how a winning team is built. if MD had 2 all-Americans in front of him we still shouldn't sit back and say oh he's for practice. Gary can coach, but he can't keep thinking his coaching overcomes the lack of talent.

Posted by: oknow1 | May 14, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

WHY is it that almost everytime a new prospect is announced on TI, his WEIGHT is omitted? Sloppy! Please go back and update the player info. for this guy...

Posted by: ntlekt | May 14, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

WHY is it that everytime a new prospect is announced on Terps Insider, the player's WEIGHT AND AGE are omitted? Sloppy!

Please go back and update this guy's player profile for us Terp fans...

Posted by: ntlekt | May 14, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

ntlekt

Go to www.testudotimes.com

Posted by: fushezzi | May 14, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

http://www.testudotimes.com/2010/5/13/1471036/2010-juco-big-man-berend-weijs

Posted by: fushezzi | May 14, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

oknow -

a lot of us DID celebrate the signings of JW and JP and DID celebrate the signings of GV, LM and EH (and Burney) back when they occured. Not all of the players on the team need to play - Earl Badu, Andre Collins and M. Grinnon (as well as Calvin McCall) filled out the roster but were only on the court for garbage time. Will the guy help? 6'10" and the ability to run the floor can't be coached. He is only here for two years so not a lot of risk. Was excited for the two classes right after the NC but we've gone over how disappointing they were ad nauseum on this board. Its a move that makes sense, obviously has the support of the players and delivers a kid that at the very least will likely graduate and deliver quality practices if not quality minutes. No I'm not excited about his signing in a vacuum - I excited because the Terps have a deep recruiting class of GW-type guys who all show some degree of potential to deliver in the flex. We needed another big man to round it out. That said, if they can get a can't miss, 4-star, beast of a big (similar to the way JW turned out to be; NOT what the scouting reports said) we'd all be celebrating.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | May 14, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Russtinator: Don't forget JuCos Garfield Smith and Cougar Downing. Garfield was a solid 6'7" and didn't have a bad 2 year career.

I heard this new kid has a 3.8 GPA. He should at least help out with the future graduation rate.

Posted by: mydogsnameisdixon | May 14, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

6-10, 6.1 pts and 5.6 rebounds. how can we say BUM!!!!!!!!!! Give a 6-6 250 banger a scholarship before this guy. ya know the type guy that signs at Xavier, Pitt or Villanova and play basketball intuitively. Not a guy that just knows how to stand and put his hand up.

Posted by: whomp1 | May 13, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Whomp1 is so right. I mean, you can totally judge how a player will turn out at MD based on his JUCO stats. Forget about previous JUCOS that worked out okay for Gary and the Terps: Steve Francis, Ryan Randle, Jamar Smith...we got lucky with those guys.

But what about the last JUCO big man the Terps got? Guy by the name of Bombale Osby. Prior to coming to MD, Osby averaged a whopping 1.6 ppg and 1 rebound in junior college. My memory is a little hazy, but I seem to recall he contribute to the Terps his junior and senior years. He was okay for a bum practice player.

Maybe I'm not remembering things the way they actually were, but I have a hazy recollection of Osby becoming a fan favorite and even cracking the starting lineup, oh a few dozen times, at Maryland. He may have even averaged double figures in points at Maryland and in my mind I think he was even among the ACC league leaders in blocks and rebounds. Hmmm...

Hopefully this Weijs is slightly better than that practice player bum Osby.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 14, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Barno is still the undisputed board posting champ. Did the dude really just find Boom Osby's juco stats?

Wow. Just wow.

Posted by: jpfterps | May 14, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Got to believe Coach K and Roy Williams are tearing their hair out over letting this guy slip through their fingers.

Even Coach Cal can't believe he didn't get him!

Posted by: petecard | May 15, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

For months people have been saying Maryland needs another big to compliment JW...So Gary gets a big to compliment JW...and people still hate! Btw, Weijs' (pronounced "Wise") per-40 min numbers are absurd 13.18 rbds and 9.64 blks.

Posted by: akin365 | May 15, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Pete,

Actually, The Wear Bros. left UNC. Roy is in desperate need of a big man, or two. Care to make a gentlemen's bet on who performs better? Any big that Roy can bring in before the start of the 2010-2011 season or our Dutch stud Weijs?

Don't know what is going on with Roy, but he has had two straight years of not having brought in top notch players. Just goes to show that even the great recruiters have bad classes (if they don't cheat).

BTW, Duke is going to be really really good...unfortunately. They will stay ranked top-5 all year. I hate to call it so early, but it will be Duke and everybody else.

Barno, please save this post for posterity and I hope you have the opportunity to copy/paste me to death about this Duke prediction.

Posted by: larry31 | May 16, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

You got it bro. If I were a betting man I'd say you're probably going to win this bet. If only because Petecard has been wrong about every single prediction he's ever made regarding the Terps.

As for the world's number one fan Petecard, it must be fun to be the kind of fan that hates all your favorite team's players, hates your favorite team's legendary hall of fame coach, hates every new recruit they sign even before they play their first game, hates fans who are more optimistic than you, hates going to the games, and hates every single accomplishment the team has save for the national championship. I really wish I could be that kind of fan, it must be so much fun.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 17, 2010 1:15 AM | Report abuse

Garo labels me the hater? What a joke. Isn't he the guy who rips everyone who disagrees with him and his koolaid fueled fantasy that all is well with the Maryland Basketball Program?

Wanting the program to be among the elite programs is what I and some of the others who post on this site want. We root for the team and cheer its success... and you know that Garo. But you are the chief of the "Thought Police" and in that role you are one sorry hater yourself... the cut and paste weenie of all weenies.

7 years: NO SWEET 16'S

Posted by: petecard | May 17, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Come on, Pete.


Tucker makes a lucky 3-pointer and we end up sharing the ACC regular season title with the eventual national champs.

A lucky shot goes in for Mich St. and we are kept from sweet 16 (and probably a an elite eight).

Given the circumstances, it is difficult to not equate the ACC regular season success with a sweet 16 appearance.

I admit, that tey go no further than elit 8 given their season long struglles to rebound.

Posted by: larry31 | May 17, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I admit, they go no further than elite 8 given their season long struggles to rebound.

Sorry about that...I was in a rush to finish my previous post.

Posted by: larry31 | May 17, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, this last season will go down as one of those "what could have been" sorta seasons. Yes, luck had something to do with it, but the inability to rebound against Mich St. had a lot more to do with it. Am certin that rebounding will improve this season and with it so will shooting percentage (put-backs and uncontested shots). More unfortunately, it kept alive the streak of no Sweet 16 appearances and will give more than a few posters fodder for the next 10 months or so unless that streak is broken...at which point the complaint would be "only one sweet 16 in x years" until they make it again.

I agree Duke will be formidable next year while Carolina might be headed back to the NIT (despite their ridiculously high pre-season ranking). I expect that MD will continue to win more than a few big games against top-tier competition and not bubble in to the dance (68 teams does help tremendously). Size helps, and they just added some that does not have any lingering injury to our knowledge (a la AP, SG & JB).

If we have a great season, make it to the Elite 8 and come in second in the ACC (while beating Duke on the way)...that is have a season that substantially surpasses this last one...what will that mean for GV's legacy?

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | May 17, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

GV's legacy?

Bob Cousy Award
2nd alltime in points for MD (behind Dixon)
2nd alltime in assists for MD (behind Blake)
Only ACC player to go 2000 points, 700 assists and 600 rebounds.
Saved MD from some really lean years (like Walt Williams). 3 of 4 NCAA tourney appearances.

Top Ten-definitely.
Top Five-In my book, yes.
After that, sort 'em however you like. It is splitting hairs.

Posted by: larry31 | May 17, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

BTW,

Something Weijs said makes me think he will be fairly successful at MD. He said the guards from MD that he played pick-up b-ball with knew where and when to get him the ball.

He will be a smart player that will play efficiently and know exactly where he is supposed to be on the court at all times...like a front court version of Eric Hayes.

Bowie and Tucker are experienced enough to get him the ball and Howard is super smart, also.

Posted by: larry31 | May 17, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Good call on the quote from Big Berend. Couple that with a 30 second clip where we see has much faster than Mardesich, Bowers, or Fofana ever was and I think that he is likely to emerge as a legit player in the ACC. The lightning quickness of the deal indicates that it was a no-brainer on GW's part. And I like the GPA.

The other side of the statement (the guards knew where to get him the ball) is that he obviously knew how to finish once he got it. I doubt that they would lobby GW on his behalf if he was unable to score.

Now we'll be awaiting word from the WaPo on his visa situation. He'll get to spend the summer with Kurt Schultz (and his assistant J. Burney) to bulk up a little. Ok, maybe he'll never bulk up (he IS SKINNY) but toughten up at least.

Agree with larry that this season was a Sweet 16 equivalent based on getting a banner for the cable box for the ACC regular season.

No doubt about the individual accolades on GV. Hope we are arguing about his legacy next year with the backdrop of the '10-'11 team surpassing the achievements of the '09-'10 team.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | May 18, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

And if Big Berend does turn into a great player, will it give more fodder for the "GW can't recruit" crowd in that the coaching staff signed him with minimal effort? Note that according to Testudo Times, UNC was interested in him.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | May 18, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Some excellent comments by Larry and HughG. Nice to be reminded that they understand legitimate concerns about the program without feeling the need to attack on a personal level.

Sharing the regular season title was great and Larry is right about the lucky shots. But, HughG, it's not just a matter of complaining about X years with no Sweet 16's. Our tournament record is worse than that with the number we missed and the seedings we earned. It is largely talent (not enough) and it is not bad luck.

We all hope next year is another step forward, but if you take your hearts out of it you may find that there are some very real concerns about our prospects.

Posted by: petecard | May 18, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Concerns:

Dr. Yow not providing adequate funds to attract a good replacement for Chuck D...along with someone that can handle GWs ascerbic (but still funny) personality.

Tucker and Bowie's ability to run the flex effectively. They have already shown an ability to play good defense, but having the poise and maturity to run the show during an ACC road game with the clock running down in a tight game is still a concern.

2009 recruits: Padge and J. Will
2010 recruits: Mychal Parker, Ashton Pankey, Berend Weijs, Pe-Shon Howard, Terrell Stoglin, Hauker Pallson

J Will is a stud. Padge will have a better career than Landon Milbourne.

Weijs will surprise some people. Howard will be a stud. Stoglin will be better than Eric Hayes. Parker has sick athletism, but may be like Mike Jones. Pankey was a great defensive beast and I really liked him, but his injury makes him and unknown. Pallson...dont' know.

Bottom line: Two straight years with no Choi or Goins-like busts.

I think we were jsut getting consistent and solid recruits as Check D left.

My biggest concern is his replacement

Posted by: larry31 | May 18, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Ugh! Sorry for all the typos. I hit "Submit" instead of "Preview".

Posted by: larry31 | May 18, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Hey Larry,

I just typed up a diatribe that got held for review with similar thoughts to yours.

Actually, my biggest concern is always injury, but all teams need to prepare for that. Agree with the assessments on the incoming recruits. Add that another risk is SM scoring consistently. DG will do the "little things" and provide energy and hustle plays but I think the consensus is that his upside is limited. SM, who did those things throughout his scoring slump (and the team's winning streak) last year will need to deliver more points and better shot selection/creation.

If my previous post does make it on the board, please accept my apologies for its length and that it is quite similar to yours.

Without drinking kool-aid, I am sincerely optimistic about next season given the risks above. One freshman stepping up (beyond Big Berend...or can we start calling him "BW" already?) in the back court reduces the impact of the existing players not delivering. In terms of which one, I am loathe to predict....Once upon a time I thought EH would be our starting PG for four years as the second coming of Steve Blake and GV would have a Drew Nicholas (actually a Sarunas-like) type of career at MD. How long until Midnight Madness? And is Steve Goins eating lunch today?

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | May 18, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

In terms of Pete's point about the post NC S-16 drought and dance misses I do agree that it is disappointing...and its been years of disappointment (similar to Yankees baseball in the 1980s..but at least the Mets had a big year back then). we've gone over the discreet reasons for the tournament misses (McCray's implosion being the most eggregious) but after being a fixture for x years up to, including and beyond the NC it is still a disappointment when a team like MD does not get to dance or leaves prematurely. My take has been that since the NC, we've not had a lot of depth in bigs and in some years, and either no depth at PG or no true PG at all (DJ Strawberry) on the roster. EH and GV solved the latter issue when they arrived, and with AB, TS and PeH (with another in the pipeline) the second issue should not rear its ugly head for a few years. The first issue (depth in bigs)looks to be resolved (..finally) for at least this coming season and likely next season. Expansion to 68 means that MD will likely not bubble in (its not like any one of those bids will go anywhere BUT to the BCS conference schools) but will get in easily. So they need to re-establish themselves as contenders by reaching and surpassing the sweet 16 consistently. I thought that it would start this last season and am still bitter about the lack of rebounding vs. Mich St. But I think they are well positioned for the next two years.

Larry has it right though, they need to find the right assistant to replace Chuck. As I stated earlier, my preference is for a Long-term assistant with local ties and family that is sick of moving around and is happy as a number two. But will Ms. Yow loosen some purse strings to retain such a guy? Well she has $7M more per year to play with thanks to the new ACC TV deal. Lets hope she spends it well.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | May 18, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Larry and HughG, you guys are really optimistic. I hope you are right, but I am really concerned about PG and leadership. Let's hope that it is a pleasant surprise, but there are so many changes to integrate.

It would be interesting to see how much our problems in getting the right mix of assistants are budget related. Does anyone have comps for ACC basketball budgets? How uncompetitive are we with Duke and UNC? Is there any element that is related to GW? Just asking, not suggesting and I don't need an answer from Garo... I could write that one!

Posted by: petecard | May 18, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Is there any element that is related to GW?

Posted by: petecard | May 18, 2010 4:39 PM

I have no direct knowledge about the other questions but an opinion on that specific one. Ok, the positive spin is that GW enjoys developing and teaching assistant coaches and actively helps them land Head Coaching jobs elsewhere. No doubt that this is true and the GW coaching tree (which has been listed out previously on this board) is a surprisingly long list. Not sure how this compares to Coach K (Amaker) and Roy W.(a product of the Dean Smith coaching tree). Moreover, GW has been coaching at the college level a looong time, so one would expect a few assistants to have ascended to HC positions - though nearly as many that have done so under GW. So a piece of the continuity among assistants suffers a bit which is likely not offset by the quality of assistant coaches - continuity is essential in recruiting the big names.

Since a lot of the assistants come in to get their HC training, I would suspect that the program (and hence GW) does not need to break the bank in bringing them in. That said, it is weird that the budget for the women's team was larger than the men's for assistants....but then again, GW makes a ton more coin than Frese.

The consistent view on GW by those close to him and those who are not that close to him is that he is a funny, caring and intelligent person - guarded with the media and outsiders, but genuine and extremely clear spoken. Not a cuddly teddy bear by any means, but a guy that most folks would get along with. I don't think for a second any of his assistants were chased away by his temper or sideline tirades; if they were, then let the p*ssy go anyways! Overwhelmingly, when we have heard of an assistant leaving, it has been to ascend to a better job with GW's blessing.

So yes, i think a bit of it is due to GW enjoying seeing his underlings get opportunities as opposed to having at least one, constant, unascending long term assistant to help with the drudge jobs that come with running a premier bb program. And if an effective Igor gets little credit, then that Igor better be getting paid....and that is where the budget issues come to play.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | May 19, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

A "lucky" shot kept up from the Sweet 16? Hmm I think MSU was in control of the game the entire 2nd half until we had a well timed run when they got caught between running the clock out and keeping their foot on the pedal. That happens a lot to teams with seemingly a safe lead late. In the last minute we hit two big shots and they hit two big shots. their last shot came from the flow of play and was calmly taken harldy a "lucky" shot. A lucky shot is a 40 footer heaved up on the run. But next year with our great freshman class I expect us to be in the national championship game like the Fab 5 did a few years back. Can't wait!

Posted by: restonhoops | May 19, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Reston,

How long have you favored GW's dismissal?

What has changed? Should he have never been hired?

What has happened to NC State since they fired Herb Sendek because they felt they should be able to compete with UNC and Duke?


With less than a second left MD was winning. A MSU pplayer just received a pass that was almost deflected by the head of one of his own players. The player attempting the 3-point shot had shot 30% from 3-point range for the year, below MSU's team average and certainly below the odds of 50/50. Thus, defining lucky as beating the odds (or percentages), the whot was lucky.

Posted by: larry31 | May 19, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Pete,

MD was down when they suffered through some poor point guards (Gilchrist, McCray and Strawberry). In the ACC (and in college b-ball, in general), when your guard play suffers, your team plays poorly.

Can Tucker and Bowie elevate their games for MD to continue last year's success? Maybe. It is a legit concern.

However, Pe' Shon Howard, Terrell Stoglin and Sterling Gibbs (2011 commitment) are very good guards. Gibbs' brother almost came to MD and is a stud at Pitt. With this core of guards, MD should be very solid for a few years.

At this point, Jimmy Patsos is the most likely candidate to become GW's new recruiting coordinator. If this speculation becomes reality, I think MD will get the players to make another serious 3-4 year run at being on the cusp of elite. In other words, we will be reliving the mid to late 90's.

Posted by: larry31 | May 19, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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