Recap: Black-Red Scrimmage

Jordan Williams shines, leads Black team to 90-84 victory

The preseason Naismith Award candidate Jordan Williams scored 24 points Saturday during the Terrapins’ annual black-red scrimmage, as the black team was able to cruise to an easy victory 90-84.

The red team was led by the likes of starting guards Adrian Bowie and Sean Mosley. The backcourt tandem combined for 49 points, over half of the red squad’s total output, an encouraging sign for the Terrapins in the coming season.

While Maryland’s own “big three” in Williams, Bowie and Mosley emerged, the search for the final two spots in the starting five began. The black team saw an 18-point, four assist effort from freshman forward Haukur Palsson, 17 points and nine rebounds from sophomore forward James Padgett and 16 points out of senior swingman Cliff Tucker.

When the offense wasn’t flowing through Bowie and Mosley, the red team made a conscious effort to get senior forward Dino Gregory the ball. Gregory exploded for an unexpected 16 points and 14 boards.

Nick Faust, the highlight of the 2011 Terps recruiting class so far, was on hand to watch his future squad get their first warm-up before an exhibition Monday night versus Florida Southern.

Observations:

Head coach Gary Williams made free throws a strong emphasis in the offseason. The Terps shot 50/60 from the free throw line, including a perfect percentage from Gregory, 9-10 for Padgett, 10-11 for Williams and 9-10 for Mosley.

The biggest holes in the Terps’ starting five will be the spots left vacant by Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes, and Landon Milbourne .

Player-by-Player Analysis:

Adrian Bowie: The more encouraging sign of the scrimmage was the emergence of Bowie at the point guard position. With the loss of Vasquez, the team needed to have Bowie step up as a consistent part of the team. Bowie showed Sat. he is capable of dishing out assists, playing solid defense and scoring when his team needed him. His strengths included getting to the rim, perimeter shooting, ball-handling and leading the fast break. On the other hand, his needs to cut down on his turnovers (eight), as well as improving his free throw percentage (2-4).

Sean Mosley: The do-it-all guard out of Baltimore is the most likely candidate to replace Vasquez. Mosley, who was the game’s highest score with 25 points, including 10 dimes, seven rebounds and four steals. Mosley will be the key to Maryland’s offensive and defensive success. He emerged as the team’s leader Sat., grabbing rebounds, demonstrating extraordinary vision on the court, knocking down open jumpers and driving to the basket in the right situations.

Jordan Williams: The heavy pressure resting upon the shoulders of big man Williams did not seem to bother him a bit. The sophomore center allowed the offense to flow through him on the inside, being relentless in his drive to the rim. He also showed exception poise when being fouled, shooting 10-11 from the free throw line. So much will depend of the team’s success this season will fall upon Williams’ play.

Dino Gregory: The senior forward had a lot to prove Sat. in an attempt to crack coach Gary Williams’ starting lineup. Gregory came out firing offensively, driving and shooting open jumpers very well. Sixteen points and a game-high 14 rebounds was an excellent start. He’s clearly a favorite for the power forward position left vacant by Landon Milbourne.

James Padgett: The second-year forward was off to a slow start, but quickly turned his game around. Seventeen points and nine rebounds was an encouraging sign for the sophomore, who is a candidate at the forward spot and is trying to earn his minutes in the rotation. His offensive rebounding and free-throw shooting stood out the most.

Pe’Shon Howard: The freshman from Los Angeles scored six points, but accounted for four boards and three assists. Howard showed his ability to play at both guard spots, which would allow him earn more playing time. His greatest attribute: driving to the rim.

Haukur Palsson: The freshman from Iceland had a breakout afternoon in the scrimmage, scoring 18 points and adding four assists and four rebounds. Palsson showed off his athleticism often, hitting open shots from the three-point line and finding his teammates with touch passes. The 6-8 forward should also find his way into Williams’ rotation.

Cliff Tucker: Perhaps the senior swingman had the most to prove Sat., but his shaky play was what most saw. Despite scoring in double figures, Tucker turned the ball over four times, dished out just one pass and grabbed a single rebound. If Tucker is vying for that three-spot, there must be a lot of improvement…quickly.

Terrell Stoglin: The freshman played like a freshman, turning the ball over four times, but showed off flashes of encouragement with nine points and five dimes. I don’t know if Stoglin will see much of the floor in his first year on the team as he struggled to defend Bowie on defense and handle the ball efficiently.

Mychal Parker: Freshman forward Mychal Parker flashed signs of skill. Parker finished the scrimmage with eight points, three rebounds and two assists in 40 minutes. Most of the time, the forward made his presence felt by driving to the basket or finishing off passes with dunks.

Berend Weijs: It was not the best afternoon for center from the Netherlands. Berend Weijs had seven points and four rebounds to go along with a steal and a block, but the 6-10 freshman struggled offensively. Catching the ball in traffic and trying to take jump shots plagued Weijs the most, but with his size, he may be a valuable player to have on the court.

Ashton Pankey: Pankey, the freshman out of the Bronx, was one of the better surprises of the day. He scored just four points, but Pankey showed he could get to the basket and rip off a serious dunk. He may not be ready for minutes yet, but he’s someone to watch out for.

Ersin Levent: In just five minutes of action, Ersin Levent did not get a lot of opportunities to show off his skill set. One rebound and one turnover summed up the afternoon for junior forward. He will likely not see too much time this season.


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