The Washington Times - October 12, 2007, 11:41AM

\ All right, that isn’t quite a fair question. Landon Milbourne averaged 1.0 points a game last season, and he figures to pick up enough playing time to send that total soaring.\

\ But in terms of returning regulars, chances are good it could be Eric Hayes, who scored 4.8 points a game. Gary Williams said yesterday Hayes would get looks at both guard spots this season, and said he would encourage Hayes to look for more shots rather than defer as he did much of last year.\


\ Of course, there aren’t as many established perimeter options to defer to with Mike Jones and D.J. Strawberry gone. James Gist and Greivis Vasquez will be asked to score more, but Hayes could provide a less anticipated element.\

\ Consider this: Hayes played at least 16 minutes in every game (and 18+ minutes in all but the tournament loss to Butler). He took more than five shots just five times in 34 games.\

\ “There’s nothing wrong with a freshman trying to run the offense and trying to play good defense,” Williams said. “Then you’re not as confident as maybe you were as a senior in high school to shoot the ball because it is a different situation. Eric certainly has the skill to shoot it and has the ability to get open whether it’s with the ball or coming off a screen or someone else getting him open. His role will expand offensively.”\

\ – Patrick Stevens