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Posted at 9:03 AM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Mychal Parker possible impact player for Maryland next season

By Liz Clarke

Down by 11 to Miami roughly five minutes remaining the first half on Wednesday night, Maryland Coach Gary Williams turned to his bench Wednesday and called on 6-foot-5 freshman forward Mychal Parker.

It was an unexpected move but one that Williams hoped might add a spark to a performance that lacked intensity in yet another all-important ACC game.

“We were not doing well in the first half,” Williams said afterward, asked about the move. “I’m willing to try anything.”

But the Terps’ fortunes continued to slide, with Miami taking a 13-point lead at the half and cruising to an 80-66 victory. In five minutes of work, Parker got a steal and earned a trip to the free throw line.

It was his first action in a game since the Feb. 9 rout of Longwood, but Williams indicated that Parker, who can play the shooting guard or power forward position, will have a more prominent role next season.

“Mike was okay,” Williams said. “He had played better in practice the last couple weeks. He has got a really good future, I think. Next year he’s going to be one of the key guys for us. He’s a very good athlete who knows the game.”

Parker, a North Carolina native, averaged 21 points, 6.5 rebounds and four assists his senior year at the Miller School in Crozet, Va.

With the loss, Maryland fell to 0-5 on Miami’s home court since the Hurricanes joined the ACC in 2004. Heading into Saturday’s regular season finale against Virginia, Maryland (18-12, 7-8) has slipped to seventh in the ACC standings. Virginia (15-14, 6-9) is tied with Miami for eighth.

By Liz Clarke  | March 3, 2011; 9:03 AM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  | Tags:  Gary Williams, Maryland basketball, Mychal Parker  
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So we are supposed to believe that a kid who couldn't even get on the court for a bad Maryland team this year is going to be "one of the key guys for us" next year?!?!?

Gary is desperate.

Posted by: sjp879 | March 3, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

parker will transfer

Posted by: slick3 | March 3, 2011 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Yes. Every decent recruit who comes into any college program and doesn't play much his freshman year will transfer.

Just like Danny O'Brein was supposed to, Landon Milbourne, etc.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | March 3, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I guess no one remembers Landon Milbourne's freshman year when he scored all of 21 points for the season.

This is what Gary does with freshmen who aren't quite ready or prepared to take that next step from high school to college hoops.

It's way too early to suggest the kid will transfer. Opportunities will be there for Parker once the dead weight of Bowie and Tucker are excised from the program.

Unfortunately, Parker is almost the prototypical GW recruit. Athletic but with no ability to shoot beyond 14 feet.

I'd almost wish that Gary would burn a scholarship or two on flat out shooters who can hit open shots.

I feel the flex offense that GW runs is detrimental to outside shooting. Do you ever notice the criminal lack of open looks by Maryland shooters? They don't get nearly as many wide-open looks as the opposition gets (don't ge me started on why Tucker/Mosley/Bowie/Stoglin/Howard continue to double-down on average to mediocre post players and leave good shooting players open for looks at 3's)

A truly frustrating season but in all honesty, it was what I expected considering the loss of Senior leadership from last season. Bowie and Tucker have always been complimentary players and there was absolutely no reason to expect them to elevate their games. Same goes with Mosley who has taken a step back because this kid can't make a shot past 15 feet (why does he continue to throw up 3-point attempts? I'm more stunned when it goes in as opposed to him missing) and he also misses more wide-open layups than any player I can recall in recent memory.

Help is possibly on the way next season in form of Nick Faust, Sterling Gibbs and Martin Bruenig. I think with Williams coming back (and he HAS to - he needs to sharpen his moves attacking the basket and needs to develop some low-post scoring moves) and Stoglin, this team could be dangerous.

If only they had someone who could shoot, like most other college programs.

Posted by: ARickey | March 3, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Again, to defend Tucker and Bowie, what is there role? how has Gary developed them? It's not their fault that they are not Steve Blake and Jaun Dixon. Why doesn't Gary have any shooters on his roster?

To me it is odd Gary finally decides to play the kid, when post started asking why the kid was not playing.

Posted by: oknow1 | March 3, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

"It was his first action in a game since the Feb. 9 rout of Longwood, but Williams indicated that Parker, who can play the shooting guard or power forward position, will have a more prominent role next season."

Power forward? Really? Liz, do you know what a "power forward" is?

Posted by: MBP1 | March 3, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Gary played the kid because he must have been showing energy on the defensive end in practice, and Gary was pissed off about the defensive effort on the floor and wanted to shock everyone by changing from the usual rotation. Parker had at least one steal once he went in I think.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | March 3, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Missed by a lot of you is the fact that JW had a terrible game. A lot are quick to blame GW, but look at the stat line. A lot of his shots were ill-advised. I am ONLY pointing this out because this is the first time this season that I would point to JW's play contributing to the loss.

Not a ding on him as a player - he has been as alarmingly consistent as any big I can remember in ACC play as a FR/Soph going back to Joe Smith - and I am including a lot of Duke greats in that equation. Brand, Boozer, Battier, Laettner, Plumlees, etc. The only Duke big I can think of that was that good as a FR & Soph was Alarie. And all of those guys had other huge stars on the team (often in the paint) with them. Not any of our tall SFs like Dunleavy. I mean PFs and Cs. That is all. Win the ACCT, if we don't.

Posted by: Duke-Rulz-1995 | March 3, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Where is Barno?

Posted by: 70Terp | March 3, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Again, to defend Tucker and Bowie, what is their role? how has Gary developed them? It's not their fault that they are not Steve Blake and Juan Dixon. Why doesn't Gary have any shooters on his roster? If tucker and Bowie threw up shots like Howard and Stroglin Gary would bench them immediately.

To me it is odd Gary finally decides to play the kid, when people started posting asking why the kid was not playing.

As usual Terps fans look at things with rose colored glasses. The Terps need help. Look at how this team plays. they are one-dimensional and every team knows take away Williams. Next year Padgett will be Dino gregory. Padgett needs to develop. Howard needs to get a consistent shot. The kid Paulson from Iceland has to develop and take a shot he is comfortable. Jordan Williams needs to work on his body. he is a guy with a big powerful backside, but he has no lift and no lateral movement. he plays defense flat foot too. Jordan williams need to lose a good 15-20 pounds and replace it with muscle. MD will struggle next year unless these Frosh are more than they rankings. they need another player that can score 15-20 pts consistently. Stroglin can, but he won't be consistent and he won't effectively share the ball doing it.

Posted by: oknow1 | March 3, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I feel the flex offense that GW runs is detrimental to outside shooting. Do you ever notice the criminal lack of open looks by Maryland shooters?

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This is a joke, right? We get TONS of open threes, the problem is that we have nobody to actually hit them. When we actually hit our outside shots (like against FSU) we win easily. Hopefully Faust can be the answer to this problem. When we hit outside shots teams can not A. double and triple JWill or B. play a 2-3 zone without being punished.

Posted by: CYork1 | March 3, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Extremely frustrating loss. How in god's name are we 0-5 at Miami? Ridiculous. I just don't get it. This may go down as the worst senior class in the Gary Williams era.

I know he'd never do this, but might as well bench the three seniors in the NIT and let next year's team take shape. Give Parker, Weis, Padgett, and Palsson more PT.

I think Padgett might be a bust, but he isn't going anywhere, so let him get some more game experience. I wouldn't be surprised to see Parker transfer either.

Still holding out hope for a miracle ACC title run...but even the most faithful of fans has given up on this season now.

Posted by: H1Dynasty | March 3, 2011 12:40 PM | Report abuse

This is uncharted territory for the terps. In the last 18 years we have never been essentially eliminated from an at large bid prior to the conference tourney. Wonder how many teams in the country can say that. Maybe 5? At most.

If we are NIT bound, so be it. We should go out and try to win the thing. We made it to the semis back in 2005, let's win it this year and get the young kids ready for next year. I truly believe we will be a top 25 team next year.

Lastly, Petecard, good call last night.

Posted by: Barno1 | March 3, 2011 12:56 PM | Report abuse

It think this is dead on:

A truly frustrating season but in all honesty, it was what I expected considering the loss of Senior leadership from last season. Bowie and Tucker have always been complimentary players and there was absolutely no reason to expect them to elevate their games. Same goes with Mosley who has taken a step back because this kid can't make a shot past 15 feet (why does he continue to throw up 3-point attempts? I'm more stunned when it goes in as opposed to him missing) and he also misses more wide-open layups than any player I can recall in recent memory.

My biggest problem with Gary this season was deferring to the seniors when he needed to recognize that the only upside for this team existed in the freshman. I appreciate his loyalty, if thats what this was about, but if not, he needs to re-evaluate his talent meter. You can't be undersized AND have no shooters. They lack overall talent but I think he could have gotten more out of this team with a different mix earlier in the season.

Posted by: katamian | March 3, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Since we're talking about "next season" I guess the Post gives us no chance of winning the ACC Tourney.

Posted by: break20 | March 3, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed but not surprised by the loss to Miami. Expect this team to go to the NIT with a "we're playing in the minors" attitude voiced by Bowie a couple of weeks ago - and make an early exit.

Go Terps! Next year . . .

Posted by: RITerp | March 3, 2011 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I am more inclined to give GW the benefit of the doubt. It think he was being loyal to his seniors. However, I am hoping that he realizes that he needs shooters bad. Size would be #2 on the wish list, but in the ACC you must have shooters that can hit the 3 ball when left open. If you look at the top teams in the ACC they all have shooters. Some have both shooters and size, but the majority of the top teams have shooters. I agree with the earlier post (Barno1), let's go out and win the NIT, get the young guys some experience in the process and get ready for next year. At least we do have some nice recruits coming in next year. I am looking forward to next season and I would be fine with an NIT tournament win...Go Terps!!!

Posted by: TEliasB | March 3, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Gary if Parker knows how to the play the game why is he buried on the bench?

Posted by: shoreterp1 | March 3, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

DukeRulz...Really?? which one of these is not like the other??? Brand, Boozer, Battier, Laettner, Plumlees, etc.

Posted by: asnis715 | March 3, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Love Gary Williams, but he does a piss poor job of recruiting, and playing Freshmen and Sophmores!

His being stubborn, and continuing to play, inept and impotent, seniors has single handedly cost us games!

Posted by: mi6-007 | March 3, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

I am wondering why we don't use the guy from Iceland, and James Padgett more often.

The Iceman is the only legit 3 point shooter we have on the team, and that really is a shame!

Chris Tucker, Adrian Bowie, Dino Gregory, and Sean Mosely, the so called "Senior Leadership", is just awful! They would not find a starting position in any other ACC Team, period!

Posted by: mi6-007 | March 3, 2011 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Can't blame Mosely for the lack of senior leadership when he's only a junior...

Actually, I am satisfied with the level of effort and energy we get from Sean. He is a high caliber role player. I just wish he could consistently hit the open shot!

Posted by: SmittyATL | March 4, 2011 6:54 AM | Report abuse

leadership doesn't need to come from the seniors. tucker and bowie haven't showed anything in 4 years anyway. complete trash. Dino came in and looked lost freshman year and was the only one who improved his game this year.

In fact, JW showed why he wont be succesful in the NBA. he cant take over games, no face up game or back to the basket game

Posted by: skinfan2k | March 4, 2011 6:58 AM | Report abuse

According to his cousins(who i saw at the carolina game) He has been in williams DOG HOUSE!!!!

Posted by: carolina1 | March 4, 2011 8:21 AM | Report abuse

Hopfully Parker is now out of Gary's doghouse and can start contributing immediately. Parker is the most athletic player on the team and we need his contributions. If he can start playing and get comfortable it will be a huge boost for the team. What I have heard and seen about Parker is that he is a good shooter and he is at least a good free throw shooter based on the Miami and VT games.

Gary likes to be loyal to his seniors and I think that he makes a good example of them for the freshmen. The freshmen will be seniors soon enough and he is showing respect to them for the hard work they have put in over the last 4 years. I think the players actually look up to Gary because of this.

We knew this was going to be a rebuilding year and asking the seniors to lead when they had been role players for three years has risks as we have seen this year. The development of the freshmen was going to follow a learning curve which is now tipping in the Terps favor.

Dino Gregory has clearly distinguished himself with his development and let his play do his talking this year. While Adrian Bowie is viewed as a disappointment by most of the postings here he has been contributing as a role player which he is best suited for. Give Gary credit for moving Adrian to the 2 spot where he is more comfortable and he fills a spot that is somewhat of a hole for the Terps. Adrian has been chalking up impressive numbers of assists and plays solid on the ball defense. While Adrian's scoring output has been somewhat disappointing he has hit shots (two three point shots in Miami) down the stretch and has avoided hurting the team by being conservative in his shot selection. Cliff Tucker has struggled this year but give Gary credit with sticking with him. Gary knows Cliff is a good perimeter shooter and has playing Cliff in a supporting role. What other coach would have stuck with Cliff up to now.

Our Terps team is not a great shooting team but it is improving in that area with the development of Stoglin who is an excellent shooter. Faust will be a nice addition next year and is known to be an excellent shooter from beyond the arc. Howard, Palson and Parker will develop as better shooters as the team improves and they gain confidence.

In the Miami game our worst shooting was by Jordan Williams and he is to be allowed an off shooting game once in a while. The rest of the team shot reasonbly well and even 50% (9 of 18) from beyond the arc. We should be a difficult team for our opponents to play next year and beyond. I get the feel Gary knows that his young team is stacked and he is eager to get back to contention for the ACC.

Posted by: torope | March 4, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I am not trying to be an arse or be negative,,,but if he is our impact player for next year? Keys for next year? Ok, I am done. Have a great weekend guys, hope we can sweep the ACC tourn!

Posted by: cm88 | March 5, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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