Final: Maryland 105, Seattle 76
- Although the stats say otherwise, Pe’Shon Howard was more impressive than Terrell Stoglin. Both looked really good, and they played well together when both were on the floor, but Howard looks like a better and more mature point guard.
- That being said, Stoglin is a great scorer who has a bright future with this program. He is a shooting guard trapped in a point guard’s body.
- Some of the freshmen now have nicknames. It seems “Iceman” is the consensus for Hawk Palsson (although “Hawk” is a nickname in the first place), and I second Josh Vitale’s nomination for Berend Weijs as “The Great White Height.”
- On the topic of Weijs, he has a very specific role on this team. He’s a fantastic shot blocker, but can’t really do much else yet. That said, he should be the first big man off the bench, because…
- James Padgett doesn’t look much improved and Ashton Pankey struggled, mightily, in his first D-1 action. It’s even more important for the Terps to bring in a solid big man (or two) in the 2011 class, unless one of these guys can make major strides in his game.
- Mychal Parker is incredibly athletic and incredibly gifted (as shown by that monster late-game dunk), but needs a lot of polish. If anyone can turn him into a star player, it’s Gary.
- Ultimately, we’re not sure what the rotation will be, or even what the starting lineup will look like. My suggestion? Thanks for asking. Howard at point, Mosley at the two, Tucker on the wing, and Gregory and Williams as the big men. Have Stoglin as the first guard off the bench (sorry, Bowie), and Weijs as the first big man, with Bowie, Hawk, and Parker being a part of the rotation, as well. The Terps showed a lot of different looks last night, from big (Mosley-Parker-Tucker-Gregory-Williams was in at one point, I believe) to small (Howard-Stoglin-Bowie-Tucker-Williams).
- This is gonna be one exciting year.