Tuesday, September 20, 2005

What is going on with the Maryland basketball program?

Through some minor research I have found some fairly vague news about why Terps basketball recruit Shane Clark is no longer coming to Maryland. All that the article said was that there was an administrative mistake of some kind and that the University of Maryland had declared Clark academically ineligible when he is in fact going to be eligible to play this year. He is apparently going to play for another school this season.

Is this for real? If he really is eligible and they lost their best recruit of the class because of a paperwork mistake then someone better lose their job. For the first time in several years the Terps are very upper classmen heavy. That is great for this year and maybe next year, but they are going to be very young and thin in a year or two if they don't get some fresh talent into the program now. The big men don't usually have much of an impact for the first year or two that they play, so it is especially painful to lose their best recruit of the class who also happens to be a forward.

I have been following the signing of the top recruits in the country online and Maryland has gotten few if any of the top players for this year or next year at the forward positions. It looks like they may land a few for the 2007 class, but as I said before, these guys will probably not be much help until 2008 or 2009. The big men just take longer to develop.

I think that Gary Williams is a great coach and has done some great things for the Maryland program. The problem is that he has raised the bar and now he has a team on the national radar. Strangely, it doesn't seem to have helped his recruiting the last few years. Maybe the addition of two new coaches to his staff will help.

The 2002 National Championhip team was built of mostly people that were not nationally recruited, so maybe Gary can motivate the team to play above the expectations of the national polls and newspapers. They are loaded with talent this year. They just have to put it all together. That is a story for this blog on another day.


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At 3:30 PM, Anonymous phil faxio said...

amazing how little i can find about MD recruiting on the internet. Shane Clark would have been amazing to have, and someone should lose their job over it.

if there are injuries, the Terps are in trouble. That roster is short, since Chukura won't be used much, with Bowers or Garrison usually in foul trouble that gives you only 9-10 guys at the end of most games.

By the way, what happened to John Gilchrist? The Cavs cut him in summer pre-season, where is he playing this fall?

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really late, but I just ran into your blog for the first time, so I thought I'd share what I heard.

I heard that Clark failed to meet the minimum academic requirements to play in the NCAA. As a public school, Maryland has to release the results, so they wouldn't have been allowed to play him anyway. But Villanova is a private school, and therefore they don't have to release his academic results.

At 2:18 PM, Anonymous Rob said...

I read that Gilchist is playing in Israel.


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