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Posted at 1:42 PM ET, 02/11/2011

Jordan Williams among 5 ACC players to make Naismith midseason cut

By Liz Clarke

Maryland’s sophomore center Jordan Williams was among five ACC players named Friday to the 2010-11 Naismith midseason list, along Georgetown senior guard Austin Freeman.

Joining Williams and Freeman: Virginia Tech’s senior guard Malcolm Delaney, Duke’s senior forward Kyle Singler, Florida State’s junior forward Chris Singleton; and Duke’s senior guard Nolan Smith.

The Naismith Award is considered the most prestigious in college basketball and has been presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club since 1969. The men’s trophy will be awarded at the NCAA Men’s Final Four in Houston.

By Liz Clarke  | February 11, 2011; 1:42 PM ET
Categories:  Jordan Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Austin Freeman, Jordan Williams, Naismith Award  
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Yeah, take that all you "Gary can't recruit" posters.......................

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 11, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Dear Lord: please let JW stay at least one more year...

Posted by: ecglotfelty | February 11, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

This just goes to show how silly the recruiting geeks really are. They are so obsessed with high school rankings yet never for an instant consider how faulty those rankings are. Jordan Williams is one of the best big men in the country, yet was not a highly touted player coming out of hs. Just shows us once again that Gary knows a little thing or two about spotting talent.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 11, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Getting one player hardly means he's recruiting well...

Posted by: jdumb | February 11, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Getting one player hardly means he's recruiting well...Gary's consistently beat to the punch for better recruits.

Posted by: jdumb | February 11, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Ugh. Consistently beat to the punch for better recruits? Who, Rudy Gay 7 years ago?? Ridiculous comment.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 11, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I didn't think Rudy Gay was recruited by UConn....I thought they bought him?

Posted by: fushezzi | February 11, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Jordan williams is the heart of this team this year,, I hope he makes a wise choice and stays and graduates from UMD in 2 1/2 years. he can take them to a final four or better if he doesnt bolt to the NBA..Jordah ask Lonny Baxter from the 2002 UMD championship team he left and although he played for the NBA wasnt something special Jordan can be GREAT stay..NBA will still be there when u graduate... look at NOLAN SMITH OF DUKE he can be a first round draft pic and he is a senior...

Posted by: whatbull | February 11, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

JW is the reward we reap from Gary's clean recruiting. From Liz's article on JW:

"When college recruiters finally came to call, the Williams family hosted them at Murray's home instead of theirs, wanting Jordan's uncle to be part of the process.

'I didn't say too much,' recalls Murray Williams, who received overtures from more than 80 colleges. 'I just tried to guide him and get a feel for who was being genuine. It's tough; everybody's coming in and promising you the world. But it's interesting: Maryland didn't promise him anything. He had to earn his way. I thought that was a good thing.'"

Posted by: MrScrotums | February 11, 2011 10:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't think JW was too lightly recruited, if i recall he was Connecticut player of the year in high school.

Posted by: break20 | February 13, 2011 11:54 PM | Report abuse


JW seems to think he wasn't heavily recruited:

"I've always played with a little chip on my shoulder," Williams said. 'Coming out of high school, I wasn't recruited that heavily. I was always the type of person who was a question mark in scouts' books.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 14, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

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