September 1st, 2006
Rank: #9 ACC
19-13, 8-8, 6th
with a talented squad in 2005-2006,
Maryland ended the season with a disappointing 8-8 record in
the conference. With a talented group of seniors gone,
expectations have gone down even further for a team that hasnít
made the NCAA Tournament in two years.
Caner-Medley led the squad with 15.3 points and fellow departing
senior Chris McCray wasnít far behind with 15.2 points per
game. Travis Garrison earned ten starts during his final year
in College Park, averaging 8.0 points and 5.3 rebounds.
Sterling Ledbetter was relegated to backup point guard duties
during his senior campaign, but was still a decent contributor
off the bench.
frontcourt needs some depth and Jerome Burney and Bambale Osby
will look to fill that role. Unfortunately, those two are the
least heralded of Marylandís five man class. Burney is a long
6-9 power forward who will help out on the glass as a freshman.
Osby played at New Mexico as a freshman before heading to Paris
Junior College in Texas. Osby didnít see many minutes at New
Mexico and that isnít expected to change at Maryland. Greivis
Vasquez and Landon Milbourne will battle for minutes on the
wings. Vasquez is a hardworking, tough and versatile player.
Heíll need to get stronger and work on his shooting consistency,
but Vasquez can help out the Terps at multiple positions as a
freshman. Milbourne is a monster on the offensive glass. He
has nice range on his shot, but needs to work on his inside game
if Coach Gary Williams wants the 6-7 forward to play under the
basket. Eric Hayes is a technically sound point guard. Heís a
smart floor leader, a solid shooter and the future of the
Maryland backcourt appears to be in his hands.
Who to Watch:
Gist, Ekene Ibekwe and Will Bowers return to the frontcourt.
Gist, who started 21 games last year, is a long and lean forward
with good athletic skills. Given the opportunity for more
minutes, Gist is expected to improve on last yearís 8.4 points
per game. Ibekwe will have to be the leader in the paint.
After averaging 11.1 points and a team high 6.6 boards as a
junior, the 6-9 forward returned to college to continue to work
on his game. Bowers, at 7-1 and 262 pounds, is a great option
off the bench. He is imposing on the defensive end and has a
nice shooting touch.
has a couple solid players in point guard D.J. Strawberry and
shooting guard Mike Jones. Strawberry averaged 10.3 points and
4.0 assists per game, while Jones proved that he could be the
go-to scorer late in the season. There is plenty of talent at
Maryland, but there was more last year. If the Terps can play
to their potential, they should be in the NCAA Tournament. If
this season turns out to be more like last year, it will be
three years in a row with a trip to the NIT.
Senior, Guard, 10.3 points per game
Senior, Guard, 10.5 points per game
Freshman, Guard, DNP last season
Junior, Forward, 8.4 points per game
Senior, Forward, 11.1 points per game