I saw about 60 percent of Maryland’s scrimmage before skipping over to football —- and sitting in the team house for an hour waiting for practice to end.
Unhappy I was, indeed, especially considering the opportunities to see the basketball team in practice are few and far between.
And, apparently, I missed an entertaining exchange when someone asked Williams about perceiving him to be displeased.
“That’s why we don’t like you to come in here because then you make judgments that I’m not pleased,” Williams said. “I’m trying to get this team better. Where you are in October has nothing to do with where you’re going to be in January, hopefully. Every day you’re trying different things and motivating in different ways.”
(At this point, it’s probably fair to say the word “we” in that exchange primarily refers to Gary Williams. But I digress.)
There were certainly some things to be happy with. Braxton Dupree looked substantial better than Saturday, and both Landon Milbourne and Cliff Tucker are going to be serious factors for this team.
Williams dismissed his initial five players on the red team —- Milbourne, Dupree, Eric Hayes, Sean Mosley and Greivis Vasquez —- as being a definitive starting lineup.
That said, it would be no shock if that turns out to be a starting five used somewhere along the way.
Here’s a stats rundown from the scrimmage:
Landon Milbourne: 8/18 FG, 2/5 3FG, 24 points, 7 rebounds
Braxton Dupree: 7/18 FG, 25 points, 12 rebounds
Eric Hayes: 12/18 FG, 3/7 3FG, 28 points, 7 assists, 3 turnovers
Sean Mosley: 4/9 FG, 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals
Greivis Vasquez: 6/14 FG, 16 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 turnovers
Adrian Bowie: 7/13 FG, 16 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 turnovers
Cliff Tucker: 10/15 FG, 26 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals
Jerome Burney: 3/5 FG, 7 points, 5 rebounds, 6 blocks
Dino Gregory: 2/10 FG, 9 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks
Dave Neal: 5/7 FG, 12 points, 5 rebounds
—- Patrick Stevens