Young is the X-factor, and I think should be the logical choice as Brown’s backup. I thought he had a chance to push Brown for the starting job, but he had a few hiccups in the spring that set him back. Even now, Edsall said that Young, who started his career at Virginia Tech and wound up playing for Locksley when he was the coach at New Mexico.
“Ricardo is a little bit of his own own worst enemy at times,” Edsall said. “He does some good things, but then he does some things where you scratch your head and say, ‘Where did that come from? But he’s athletic, he can make up something out of nothing, he’s got a good arm. But again, it’s the consistency factor."
I think the No. 2 job is probably Young’s to lose – and Rowe’s to gain.
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D.C. Assault president and co-founder Curtis Malone was indicted this week on federal drug charges. Will that news affect Maryland in any way?
Matt Bracken: For years, Terps fans watched big-time players from D.C. Assault end up at places like Duke and Kansas State and Georgetown and seemingly any other high-major school besides Maryland. One of the best AAU programs in the country was located in College Park’s backyard, but the Terps couldn’t seem to keep any of said program’s players home.
The biggest sticking point – at least from this perspective – was Maryland coach Gary Williams’ reluctance to deal with Curtis Malone. Former Washington Post reporter Eric Prisbell conducted a fascinating recruiting Q&A with Williams about four years ago that touched on the coach’s nonexistent relationship with Malone.
EP: But these AAU programs, including DC Assault and others, are saying, ‘We don’t know you, you don’t come to the games’?
GW: I know Curtis Malone. So he can say whatever he wants about me. I know what Curtis Malone is about. But you won’t write it in there.
After Williams retired and Mark Turgeon was hired, things changed dramatically between Maryland and Assault. Former DCA assistant Dalonte Hill was lured away from Kansas State, and the Terps later landed commitments from two of the program’s top guard prospects – Roddy Peters of Suitland and Melo Trimble of Bishop O’Connell. Center Damonte Dodd ended up suiting up for DCA several months after he pledged to the Terps.
Obviously the Hill hire made a difference for Maryland, as did Turgeon’s overall approach to recruiting and AAU compared to his predecessor. Malone, all of a sudden, didn’t seem to be an issue. Damon Handon, a longtime DCA official, told Don Markus that Malone hadn’t really been involved in the program’s day-to-day operations for five years.
Handon will certainly try his best to keep DCA afloat, but it won’t be easy. It’s important to note that nobody else connected with the program has been implicated in Malone’s case, but D.C. Assault is taking a major PR hit by association. It’s probably safe to assume that rival AAU coaches will attempt to poach some of DCA’s young talent. And you have to wonder if Under Armour will reevaluate its sponsorship of DCA. There’s a lot of collateral damage from this news.
But the good news for Maryland is that under Turgeon, the program hasn’t relied on just one or even a handful of AAU programs for talent. The Terps have landed plenty of players from Nike-sponsored AAU teams – including Dion Wiley from Team Takeover. The Terps should be just fine.