Padgett Discusses Lincoln & Maryland

Reporter Brian Towey had a chance to speak to James Padgett about his high school season and his future destination -- the University of Maryland ...

It's been a trying week for James Padgett as he plays through an ankle injury suffered in the loss to Duncanville (Texas) in a game televised on ESPN.

The Maryland signee and Abraham (N.Y.) Lincoln post player logged seven points and eight rebounds in a win over Brooklyn rival Thomas Jefferson on Thursday despite the injury. Right now, he's with his mates at Florida's City of Palm's Classic.

Padgett lent some insight into what he's been working on and some of the feedback he's received from the Maryland staff.

"I've been working on my free throw game," said Padgett. "(I've also been working on) My 15-footer, because I'm going to have to play on the perimeter (more) in college."

Padgett said that Maryland coach Gary Williams is looking for his newcomers in the post to make an impact as freshmen.

"(Williams) said that they need a big man to come in and play a lot of minutes," said Padgett. "He said me and (fellow Maryland commit) Jordan Williams should help out a lot." Padgett commands respect on the low block with his excellent hands and feet. He's a legitimate back-to-the-basket threat when he gets the touches.

On a team with an elite player in Lance Stephenson and other perimeter threats, like Darwin Ellis, Padgett doesn't always get his share of touches. However, he appears to be productive when he does.

Williams has encouraged him to develop one go-to move.

"(Williams) said that you have to have one specialty (move) that you're great at," said Padgett.

Above all, however, the Maryland coach encouraged his future player to keep his sights set on the present.

"He said: 'Win'," said Padgett. "Get another state championship. And then worry about college next year."

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