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JaMychal Green

Padgett comes out of his shell for Terps

James Padgett came to Maryland three years with a reputation as a voracious rebounder and defender, the guy who did all the dirty work for Lance Stephenson at a Brooklyn basketball factory known as Lincoln High School.

That image eroded during Padgett's first two seasons in College Park, when classmate Jordan Williams became a star and Padgett became mostly a cheerleader on the bench. When he got a chance to play, Padgett looked scared.

Turns out, he was.

Without making any direct references to his former coach, Gary Williams, Padgett said that the difference he feels under Mark Turgeon is "being able to make mistakes."

"You're not coming out and...