Ari, Ardmore, Pa.: Why if Chris Mcray was at Cornerstone along with Travis Garrison
was he not suspended as well? They both violated the same team rule.
Heather A. Dinich: I'm still trying to figure this one out. A lot of people have been asking about it. I put in a request just two seconds ago (2:15 p.m. Tuesday) to speak with Gary about it. If I can't get him on the phone this week, I'll ask him at Friday's media availability if we have it. We usually do the day before a game. When last asked about it, Gary said Chris was there, but that's all. We should've followed up on it right then.
Rich, New York: Hi, Heather. Thanks for doing your column, I enjoy it. In
the wake of the blowout in Durham I am, sadly, forced to look to the future
-- past this group of seniors. Would you mind giving me a rundown on the
recruits Terps have in the fold for next year, a quick scouting report on
them, and other players may possibly join the program? Thanks.
Heather A. Dinich:Rich, thanks for reading the Q&A. Here's your rundown:
The Terps received Letters of Intent from Eric Hayes, a 6-foot-3 point guard from Potomac High in Virginia, Jerome Burney Jr., a 6-9 power forward from Westlake High in Atlanta, Landon Milbourne, a small forward at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, and Greivis Vasquez, a versatile guard from Montrose Christian in Rockville.
Recruiting experts have this year's class ranked among the top 20 in the nation, and Terps coach Gary Williams got what he needed in a point guard with Hayes. Maryland has one scholarship remaining. Vasquez, a native of Caracas, Venezuela, was coaxed to the United States last year by
the coaching staff at Montrose Christian. In his first season there, he
averaged 12.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.1 assists.
Hayes has led his team to a 54-2 record over the past two seasons. He is
ranked as the ninth-best point guard in the country by Rivals.com.
Before transferring to Oak Hill Academy, Milbourne, 6-6, spent two seasons
as a center in Georgia, where he helped his high school to a 54-6 record.
Last I checked, Milbourne was averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds as a
Burney is the only three-star recruit in the class, and averaged 12
points, 13 rebounds and 6.5 blocks last year. He had five triple doubles as
Pete, Salisbury: Gary is paying the price for the last couple of years of
not recruiting. Wasted National Championship. Is Gary really going to be
here another five years or so? He needs to do a Brian Billick and change.
What is Gary's plan?
Heather A. Dinich: Wasted national championship?? Geez, it's not like second prize at the
county fair. It's kind of hard to forget. The kids who might have been
lured to Maryland by that season are this year's juniors - D.J. Strawberry,
Ekene Ibekwe and Mike Jones among them. It's not uncommon for somebody not
to pan out. Will Bowers is dealing with confidence issues now more than
anything. Recruiting is a gamble. Their incoming class is ranked 18th in
the nation. Gary's plan, I assume, is to move D.J. back to guard/small
forward next year and use a freshman or Parrish Brown at the point.
John, Columbia: Do you think Gary Williams might eventually change the
lineup a bit? Maybe putting Parrish Brown at point, and moving Strawberry.
With the new point guard coming in next year, I don't see Strawberry
staying there anyway. Secondly, I haven't seen much improvement on a consistent
basis from Caner-Medley and Garrison over the years. They seem to be
really hot or really cold. It might be time to start Gist and Jones. Are any of
these scenarios a possibility this season?
Heather A. Dinich: To answer your first question, yes - he's been doing that on occasion during
games. I think Jones and Gist answered your second question when they saw
siginificant time against Wake Forest. Of course, it's up to Gary to leave
them there. It's my first year covering the team, so it's hard for me to
Lisette, Columbia: How come Mike Jones sat on the bench during the second
half of the game against Duke?
Heather A. Dinich: Mike played four minutes in the second half. He was on J.J. Redick a bit in
the first half. Perhaps Gary didn't like his defensive effort. Maybe it was
because he turned the ball over three times in nine minutes. Those are just
guesses. I really don't know. Gary's use of Jones has me perplexed. I'm
working on figuring it out. He did have a great game (22 points) against
Susan, West Orange, N.J.: Do you see the Terps regrouping and being a
dominant force in the ACC this year?
Heather A. Dinich: I do see the Terps regrouping - I think - but I don't think anyone but Duke
will be considered a "dominant force in the ACC this year." There's too
much parity, as evidenced by Miami's win over North Carolina. At the same
time, I think that parity is what will help Maryland regroup.
Mike, Columbia: What's the chemistry been like for the Maryland basketball
team? Is it better now since Gilchrist is gone?
Heather A. Dinich: Yes, all of the players have said they're getting along well with each
other, and apparently they're hanging out together downtown. As to whether
it's addition by subtraction with Gilchrist - I didn't cover the team last
year, but it seems to be. The players continuously use the word "unselfish"
this year, and Caner-Medley has said that John liked to play outside the
offense and that sometimes threw things off. Maryland did need a player
like him, though, when they were at Duke.
Bryan, Woodbine: Heather, After the turnout and success of the Maryland
football game last season, will these two schools play each other in
football or will it be another 40 year wait? It appears that the athletic
directors at both schools seem reluctant to schedule any future football
games between both schools.
Heather A. Dinich: I definitely don't think fans should expect a rematch anytime soon, but Maryland
athletic director Debbie Yow has said the Terps are holding an open date in 2010.
Frederick: Do you see any real quarterback competition emerging from
Heather A. Dinich: Definitely. Sam Hollenbach threw 15 INTs and 13 TDs. Ralph said he was going
to open it up again, and Jordan Steffy told me last season he didn't come to
Maryland to call plays in from the sidelines. Spring practice starts April
1. If I'm not at the Final Four, I'll be there and let y'all know.