Williams' Press Conference Kick Starts Year

Gary Williams spoke to the media to kick off the start of basketball season at Maryland's Media Day.

Yesterday was media day for Maryland men's basketball, and the festivities started with a press conference by long time head coach Gary Williams. Williams, entering his 21st year as head coach of the Terps, is excited for the season and looking forward to what could be another great year for Maryland basketball.

“The great thing with basketball coaching is you can coach all twelve of your guys,” he said. “You're with them all the time. If you don't get excited and you're a coach this time of year, something is wrong.”

The Terps went 20-13 last season with a very young team, and Williams thinks they can only improve on that, and that starts with the big man on campus, Greivis Vasquez.

“Every player knows that they can get better,” Williams said. “Greivis shot 32% from the three [point line] last year, he's a better shooter than that, and now he has to prove that.”

Williams said, however, that while three point shooting is important, it's not what wins games.

“You don't get to the free throw line shooting threes,” he said. “You want to shoot threes, but 85% of college games are won by the team who shoots more free throws.”

When the question of possibly ending his coaching career in the near future was brought up, Williams said he was not planning on retiring any time soon and brought up the importance of emphasizing education in his position.

“When I was playing in high school, all I wanted to do was get good grades so I could get into college,” he said. “When I was in college, I realized I wasn't good enough to play at the next level, so all I wanted to do was get good grades so I could graduate and coach in high school. So I guess that's carried on to how I coach.”

Maryland Madness is tonight October 16th, with a volleyball game at 5:30. Maryland plays its first regular season game Friday, November 13th, at home against Charleston Southern.

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