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Jordan Williams among preseason Wooden Award hopefuls

Maryland center Jordan Williams is among the 50 college basketball players named as pre-season favorites to win the John Wooden Award, the sport’s top individual honor.

The 6-10 Williams, of Torrington, Conn., is among 10 sophomores and among eight players from the Atlantic Coast Conference named to the list Monday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.

Williams averaged 9.6 points and led the Terrapins with 8.6 rebounds last season.

Other ACC players named to the pre-season list: Malcolm Delany, Virginia Tech; John Henson, North Carolina; Kyle Singler, Duke; Chris Singleton, Florida State; Nolan Smith, Duke; Tracy Smith, N.C. State; and Joe Trapani, Boston College.

In addition, Austin Freeman of Georgetown drew pre-season honors.

By Liz Clarke  | October 4, 2010; 5:19 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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This is the same Jordan Williams that Petecard mocked when he signed his letter of intent to play for MD, right? The one that he claimed was further proof Gary couldn't recruit? It's not a different player with coincidentally the same name?

Just checking...

Posted by: Barno1 | October 4, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Williams is a beast.

Posted by: SirPelleas | October 4, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

defenses are really going to sag on williams this year because the terps have zero outside shooting.

Posted by: slim4 | October 5, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Also, the recruiting buzz right now is very exciting. Landing both 6'6" Baltimore wing Nick Faust and seriously legit big man Johnny O'Bryant is looking distinctly possible. And regardless of what exactly happens, there is no question that "Bino selling Maryland" is a major force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail.

Posted by: jake177 | October 5, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, we're in the mix for some great recruits. Hopefully we can reel a couple in.

Posted by: SirPelleas | October 5, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

defenses are really going to sag on williams this year because the terps have zero outside shooting.

Posted by: slim4 | October 5, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

"the terps have zero outside shooting"

Very, very odd statement Slim4. The Terps have plenty of outside shooting threats, including Cliff Tucker at 38%, Sean Mosley at 39%, and Adrian Bowie at 41%. Not to mention our incoming freshman guards Michal Parker is a good 3 point shooter and Pa'Shon Howard is considered a streaky but effective deep shooter. And Terrell Stoglin may be the best 3 point shooter on the squad now that Eric Hayes is gone.

Do you even follow MD basketball?

Do you even follow MD basketball?

Posted by: Barno1 | October 5, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

So going forward, those who are accused of being Kool-Aid Drinkers (KADs) or Friends of Gary (FOGs) can respond to the nay-sayers as RMOGs (Real Men of Genius). I have to say, that post from Barno cracked me and my wife up.

In terms of the team next year, the ONLY potential deficiencies, barring injury, are excellent PG play AND balanced scoring. In terms of the first issue, AB has proven capable, albeit short of excellent to this point. TS and PH should be able to step up if their press clippings are to be believed.

In terms of the second, last season we were too dependent on GV to carry the load. Don't get me wrong, the guy is an all-time great who proved it to all of us through the course of the season (except a few of the RMOGs). JW came on strong, but it seemed we were too much of a two man team - LM playing out of position did not seem to help. At worst, we will have adequate PG play...but given GW I doubt the we'll see that.

Thus season, we have depth and quality at bigs with JW, DG, BW (who is my personal favorite), JP and hopefully AP. I did not point to rebounding as an issue this season because of this depth. We've got serious swingmen in SM, CT and MP. The scoring should come, but the rebounding WILL happen. This is probably the best set of bigs we've had going back to the NC year.

I'm thinking that this team will shape up to be one of GW's finest although I doubt JW will win the award. No bubble this year.

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | October 5, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Great post Hugh

Posted by: Barno1 | October 5, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

My biggest concern is AB. For some reason I just don't fully trust the kid. It'd also be nice if JP decided to show up this year. If he doesn't he'll likely be a bench player his whole career. I had high hopes for him too.

In regards to recruiting, JP as a career bench player will be even more true if Johnny O'Bryant (JOB) signs with MD, which I predict he will. Jwill and JOB would be quite the tandem. I'm not as high on Faust as some, but he's a solid local recruit.

Posted by: fushezzi | October 5, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Outstanding freshman year and well deserved nomination! Congrats! This is exactly the type of player that thrives in Gary's system....Nice balance with the backcourt additions Gary brought in.

Cheers!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | October 5, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Good article on Gary

http://www.baltimorebrew.com/2010/10/04/17907/

Posted by: fushezzi | October 5, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

This could be one of the most exciting years in some time for Maryland basketball. Jordan Williams could be one of the best big men Gary's ever had. Sean Mosley will have the opportunity to excel away from the shadow of Vasquez. Adrian Bowie is going to get his chance to run this team from the point. Dino Gregory is going to prove to everyone why he was one of the best players in Baltimore 4 years ago, and Cliff Tucker is going to be the dependable sharpshooter and slasher he's shown in spurts over the past few years. James Padgett is going to show why he was so highly recruited out of New York City.

What's even more exciting are the newcomers that could put this team into the upper echelon of the ACC. Howard and Stoglin are known quantities that will steady the backcourt. The real unknown is how good is Mychal Parker, and will he make an impact as a freshman at a swing position in the ACC. The other newcomers have questions too. Can Panky recover from his injury or is he destined to red shirt this season? Is Hawk as legitimate shooter, ala Jasikevicius, or will he be overmatched in the ACC and a defensive liability? Can Weijs provide strength off the bench to keep JW fresh at the ends of games?

This could be a very exciting year, and could start a new era of Maryland success (with excellent recruits in the pipeline) that will make the 2005-2008 teams seem like a distant memory. Midnight Madness is a little more than a week away, and despite the losses to graduation, the Terps are looking like solid competitors this season.

Posted by: Russtinator | October 5, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I tend to agree with most of the positive leaning comments here. Jordan, it seems to me, is further along than Lenny was at this point in their respective careers.

Hey, for fun:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4u4MdSGSDo

Keep in mind that in '84 MJ was a senior and Lenny was a sophomore. But it's still a classic. Lord I miss Cole.

Posted by: steven09 | October 8, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I wasn't comparing JW directly to LB. Just their respective development, which is obviously GW's great forte'.

JW reminds me more of a Joe Smith. Maybe not so quick on his feet, but a little more power, at this point in his development, the JS.

Go Terps! Could be a fun year.

Posted by: steven09 | October 8, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

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