Vasquez, Padgett Shine in Intrasquad

TSR's Danny Miller was on hand today to watch the Terps final intrasquad scrimmage.

The Terps held their final intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday afternoon in preparation for their upcoming season filled with high expectations.

With no surprise, the scoring was lead by senior guard Greivis Vasquez, who finished with a total of 30 points. Vasquez continues to score at will and his game bears few weaknesses in the early stages of the season. In the two intrasquad scrimmages combined, Vasquez has a total of 55 points, showing he can be a top scorer in the nation.

After a disappointing scrimmage last time around, guard Eric Hayes regained his usual form accumulating 18 points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc. Hayes' three-point shooting proves to be the best on the team at this point, and this scrimmage showed it.

Many wondered if freshman James Padgett's 17 points in the previous scrimmage were a fluke, but his performance Saturday afternoon proves otherwise. Padgett finished with a double-double consisting of 17 points and 11 rebounds. His low post presence fills the void of what the Terps were missing last year, and his quick post moves able him to finish strong.

Although fellow Freshman Jordan Williams hasn't produced eye-opening numbers like Padgett has, he still is able to make a big impact on the Terp's squad. Williams finished with 11 points and was able to use his large frame to grab 10 rebounds. Williams and Padgett display different roles down low, as Padgett impresses with his scoring while Williams is expected to block shots and grab boards.

“We don't expect too much out of Jordan offensively, we want him to get us at least ten rebounds a game and make a couple of blocks,” Guard Vasquez said about Williams.

With both freshman coming along nicely and already making an impact, the same is expected of Sean Mosley and Landon Milbourne.

The senior Milbourne struggled in the first half of the contest, but followed with 19 second half points. The 6'7 forward finished with 21 points total and 6 rebounds.

Mosley had a similar performance to Milbourne, tallying 16 points and 7 assists. The sophomore guard is expected to build onto his freshman season and live up to expectations of being a potential top player in the nation. With one year of experience of college basketball, Mosley is showing he is more comfortable in the offense.

“ I feel a lot more comfortable. I feel as though I can get open shots where I normally get them. Last year, I passed up a lot of open shots and this year I'm taking the shots and feeling more confidence,” Mosley commented.

It is obvious that the Terps are able to score when need be, but one thing that they have been working on is their pressure defense. Coach Gary Williams admitted the press defense is coming along well.

“We should be a good pressing team,” Williams said, “In other words, we have five guards that we can put in there…and if you don't give up lay-ups, you can be a good pressing team.”

Sophomore center Steve Goins was inactive today with a knee injury, but no further diagnosis has been reported.

Maryland will finally get to play a team other than themselves this upcoming Tuesday as they take on Indiana University of Pennsylvania in an exhibition match.


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