There are college basketball preview magazines, and then there’s the Blue Ribbon Yearbook, which has long been established as the bible for college hoops preseason malfunctions. The magazine was released in digital form, and Mike Ashley did an excellent job of describing the transition from Mark Turgon to me Kevin WillardAnd get candid comments from Willard about his vision for his team this season.
Ashley, a Maryland native who has followed the show for decades, wrote:Hard to define Maryland. Even in and around Maryland. Last year after bid Mark Turgon Contract extension in the offseason, Terrapins parted ways with ‘Turg’ in December, then installed Danny Manning as a temporary coach. Maryland slipped to its first loss record since 1993.”
“The Terrapins were an uneven mix of players, frustrated fans and a seasoned Turgeon coach whose biggest mistake was not being Gary Williams. Everyone should have seen the parting coming.”
Some might argue that Turgeon’s flaws go beyond not meeting Williams’ standards, but that’s old news.
“The 47-year-old hit the ground running this summer, saying all the right things. Doing the right things like shopping local for recruits and getting his share of said recruits to make fans happier,” he wrote of Willard. “He also talks about running and widening his defense, things that Maryland fanatics remember fondly from the good days. You know, three years ago when Turgeon went 24-7 and won the Big Ten regular season.”
The magazine chose Maryland for 10th place in the Big Ten, ahead of Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Northwestern, and Nebraska. It has all nine teams ahead of the Terps making it the NCAA Championship, which can be considered a half-glass scenario; If they’re close to being a championship team in a rebuilding year of some sort, there’s hope for dancing next spring. It projects the top five in the rankings in Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Michigan, and Purdue.
Ashley got good stuff from Willard on his list. Given his lack of depth, it shouldn’t be surprising that he’s looking for him Donta Scott to take over the title role in his final season. He can play some five small balls along with four guards.
He wrote: “He has been in the weight room all summer to up the ante, and Willard is counting on him for 34 minutes in the strikers’ match. Scott also improved his shot.”
“We’ll need him to be a top scorer more than he’s been in the past,” Willard said.
Willard tells Ashley he loves the durability of the Julian Reese sophomore center, but needs to cut the whistles. Reese averaged 2.7 errors in 17 minutes per game last season, the latter being limited by the former.
“The biggest step he can take is to be more consistent on the defensive side and make sure he doesn’t pick up mistakes that put him on the bench,” he said.
on me Ian Martinez: “If he gets in, look for Maryland to lobby and “track people,” Willard likes to say.
Willard told the magazine that LIU-Brooklyn’s unannounced transfer Patrick Emilien He may be the first person to sit on the bench.
“He is a smart player who can play with three positions. He doesn’t do anything great but he makes anything better,” he said.
He also noted that he was surprised by the new student’s guard wearing a red shirt Ike Corniche and his talent for recording, as he said he had the best summer ever on the show. You may remember reading something similar. He also said that he hardly uses the reserve Buffalo Dziuba Some will play with the five and the new students Noah Batchelor You will get minutes at the four to extend the opponent’s defenses. He reports that Canadian import Caleum Swanton-Rodger 6-11 has a great stance and great hand, and has added 20 pounds of muscle since arriving. However, he may be a year away from contributing regularly.
In a Maryland blue ribbon capsule, a single string of numbers stands out. These are KenPom’s ratings for the program at the end of the last five years: No. 39, 24, 11, 35, 83. This clearly falls short of the standards, which Willard was tasked with fixing. He said he’s looking forward to upping the ante.
“I have an idea how we can play,” Willard told the magazine. “We’ll have to play on a small scale sometimes, we’ll play faster and push more. The thing is just seeing how much – it’s fun to say you’re going to play fast, but we’re going to play we have to see the reality. We’re really focused on controlling the tempo, especially in the gameplay. The collective against some of the bigger teams. We want to push the pace, and have the greatest of them guard us in the ocean.”
Ashley summed up the change in training well.
“Nobody seems to have been enjoying their time. The fans are ready to rejoin their team and ready to take the Maryland advantage on their home ground as it once was at Cole Field House and for years in the big games at Xfinity,” he wrote.
“Take a deep breath. Enjoy, Terps.”
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