Gary Williams will have his team on display again this afternoon at Comcast Center. The scrimmage, which will be closed to anyone not affiliated with the university or the media, should show how the Terps are progressing as they approach their first outside competition -- a closed scrimmage at Temple on Saturday.
I am hoping to catch part of the scrimmage before heading out to Navy for football practice, and will be curious to see how the big men are coming along. Williams said after last Saturday's scrimmage that the play of sophomores Braxton Dupree and Jerome Burney, and possibly freshman Steve Goins, will be a key part of Maryland's development.
Dupree remains an enigma, As impressed as I was in how he transformed his body during the offseason, losing some 25 pounds, there is still something missing with the former Calvert Hall standout. In terms of certain intangibles such as toughness and heart, Dupree appears to be the opposite of another former Calvert Hall star, Juan Dixon.
Burney plays harder than Dupree, but he still doesn't look like he has much of an offensive game to be a factor. Burney did have some pretty good moments toward the end of last season, against Miami on the road and Clemson at home, to build on. Goins looks like a project who at this stage is no better or worse than former Terp Shane Walker (now at Loyola) was last season.
Williams has a history of developing undersized or overweight big men, from Evers Burns to Obinna Ekezie to Lonny Baxter -- all of them ended up as above-average college players (and in Baxter's case a star) and all played in the NBA for a short time. The same might happen with the current crew, but based on what I saw last week, Williams had better light a fuse under them.