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Topic - James Padgett
As James Padgett has soldiered through his senior season, the forward's dwindling minutes have stood in contrast to his elder statesman status. Out with veteran savvy, in with youthful potential.
Maryland spread the wealth, with six players — Logan Aronhalt, Alex Len, Jake Layman, James Padgett, Seth Allen and Dez Wells — scoring in double figures. Aronhalt led the way with 13 points, while Padgett poured in 12 on 6-for-6 shooting in his second start of ACC play.
A flustered Mark Turgeon walked away from Maryland's final contest before a break for final exams unwilling to give his team a fully passing grade.
Shaquille Cleare might not have arrived at Maryland as a perfectly polished player.
Forget the defensive shortcomings Maryland exhibited against Lafayette. Ignore the slog in the Terrapins' victory over Georgia Southern.
Maryland's basketball success in the months to come figures to often flow through sophomore center Alex Len. It did Tuesday night at Northwestern.
Eric Hayes grew up in gyms, tagging along with his father, Kendall, to high school basketball practices at Virginia's Potomac High School.
Maryland center Shaquille Cleare checked into an exhibition game this month. Within three minutes, the burly freshman's first shot, and a dunk attempt at that, bounced astray.
They marched to the scorer's table Monday night, often four at a time. It was never a full line change, but it was enough to prove a point.
There was little time to waste in the wake of Friday's season-opening loss to No. 3 Kentucky, little reason for Maryland coach Mark Turgeon to hold back.
The Maryland Terrapins came up short against the No. 3 Kentucky Wildcats, 72-69, but it was nearly beside the point. The Terps erased a 15-point deficit in the second half, traded the lead with Kentucky and very much looked like they belonged in an important game for the first time under coach Mark Turgeon.
Maryland's coaching change at the midpoint of James Padgett's career offered a pair of opportunities.
Maryland forward James Padgett faces a Friday trial for driving while impaired stemming from a June 16 incident in College Park.
Shaquille Cleare tucked his 6-foot-9, 270 pound frame into a folding chair on the Comcast Center court Tuesday afternoon during Maryland's basketball media day.
And then there were two. Mark Turgeon replaced Gary Williams as Maryland's men's basketball coach last May. Exactly one year later, only two players from the old regime remain at College Park. So let's hear it for the sole survivors, rising senior James Padgett and rising junior Pe'Shon Howard.
"Alex was motivated, and he paid attention to what he did wrong the last game," senior forward James Padgett said. "He stepped it up, executed and did what he had to do."
As senior forward James Padgett said, "We can hopefully use it as a momentum builder going into the last couple games in the ACC. Everyone is excited, but we're not content."