- The Washington Times - Friday, November 14, 2008


1 Landon Milbourne, F, Jr., 6-7, 207
Figures to provide more scoring, rebounding in second year as starter

4 Braxton Dupree, C, So., 6-8, 260
Baltimore native is leaner, but Terps probably would like him to be meaner, too

5 Eric Hayes, G, Jr., 6-4, 184
Well-entrenched starter probably the most known quantity on the roster from night to night

11 Jin Soo Kim, F, Fr., 6-8, 196
With qualifying adventure finally over, South Korean should provide perimeter assistance

14 Sean Mosley, G, Fr., 6-4, 210
Savvy and bulky, he will factor into the rotation from the start

21 Greivis Vasquez, G, Jr., 6-6, 190
Coming off ankle surgery, combo guard is offenses undeniable nexus

22 Adrian Bowie, G, So., 6-2, 190
Showed glimmers late last season and seemed more assertive in preseason

23 David Pearman, G/F, So., 6-6, 188
Practice player who logged five minutes in two games as a freshman

24 Cliff Tucker, G/F, So., 6-6, 190
Slick Texan could emerge as a stat-stuffer thanks to emerging multifaceted game

25 Steve Goins, C, Fr., 6-10, 260
Chicago native looks like a project and seems unlikely to play much

32 Jerome Burney, F, R-So., 6-9, 222
With frontcourt unsettled, his defense and rebounding will ensure some playing time

33 Dino Gregory, F, So., 6-7, 227
Seldom-used as a freshman, he will etch out some role with consistently aggressive approach

35 Dave Neal, F, Sr., 6-7, 263
Resident bracketologist has played more than 15 minutes just once in his career


A star with flair: Loved by some, hated by nearly as many and undeniably one of a kind, Greivis Vasquez will have a large say in determining how far the Terps go. Bank on him leading the team in scoring most nights while doing an array of other things — both good and bad.

Blossoming swingmen: Watch out for Landon Milbourne and Cliff Tucker, two guys who could pick up some of the rebounding that could be lacking in the frontcourt. Milbourne and Tucker are among Marylands best athletes; their ability to do a little of everything will be crucial.

Sugar Sean provides some punch: Sean Mosley should wind up as one of the ACCs most productive freshmen. Teammates rave about his on-court awareness, and he seems like a good bet to secure 20 to 25 minutes a night. If he can provide a decent scoring burst, it will help immensely.

The man on the sideline: Maryland is universally expected to finish in the bottom half of the ACC, and some projections place the Terps in the cellar. Conventional wisdom says the low projections play to the strengths in coach Gary Williams personality. With uncertainty up front, it might take a little genius to produce a 20-win season.


Where’s the beef?: Put simply, who will play in the frontcourt? Sophomore Braxton Dupree seems like a good bet to start, but Jerome Burney, Dino Gregory, Jin Soo Kim and Dave Neal will factor in as well. That group scored a whopping 151 points last year — a meager 4.4-point average. That will improve but by how much?

Size matters: The corollary to the first concern is just how the Terps will defend some of the larger players they encounter in the ACC. James Gist and Bambale Osby helped neutralize North Carolinas Tyler Hansbrough and others last year. There is no obvious way to stop inside scorers this season.

Offseason tumult: Maryland arrived at its roster unconventionally, losing a crucial transfer (forward Gus Gilchrist, who ended up at South Florida) and releasing guard Tyree Evans from his scholarship. Both episodes lent an aura of chaos to a program that has missed three of the past four NCAA tournaments — and easily could miss it again this season.

No RPI help: Yes, the Terps will play Michigan State and two others in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla. But they dont venture out for a true road game until Jan. 14, and only one of their nonconference home opponents made last years NCAA tournament (American). Its conceivable the Terps could be a mostly empty 12-2 when ACC play commences.

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