Fear These Turtles?

By Josh Herwitt - October 21, 2007

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Losing six seniors in one summer can be a lot to overcome.

For Gary Williams, it's just part of the game.

The Maryland coach seemed to be rather relaxed and calm -- something you don't get to see too often from Williams, especially during a game -- while meeting with the print media this afternoon, and part of that can probably be attributed to the fact that he has two potential all-conference players in senior James Gist and sophomore Greivis Vasquez coming back to College Park.

While Gist remains the Terrapins' top returning scorer at 12.6 points per game, Vazquez, a 6-foot-6 point guard from Caracas, Venezuela, has the ability and opportunity to become a more profilic scorer from the perimeter this season, and it's something that Williams would like to see with Maryland's top shooter, Mike Jones, now gone.

"Hopefully Vazquez and [Eric] Hayes can make up for that," Williams said with regard to the Terps' perimeter shooting. "We need someone to shoot the ball. That's the benefit of three-point shooting in that it forces people to spread out, so when you do go inside, there's more movement. Hopefully it can help the interior play."

But even with the season only two weeks away, many of the questions that Williams faced revolved around the recruiting world, where kids like 14-year-old Ryan Boatright, who already committed (verbally) to USC, are getting looks out of middle school these days.

"I don't think it's healthy for the game. I really don't," Williams said. "We have to get a real grasp on reality."

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 04:22 PM on October 21, 2007

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