Tuesday, April 26, 2005

New Faces, New Places

Michael Adams and Rob Moxley were hired to replace the departed Dave Dickerson and Mike Lonergan as assistants to Gary Williams. I think both these hires were great moves. Moxley has the reputation as a very good recruiter having been successful in bringing several top 20 classes to Charlotte. He also has the reputation of working magic with outside shooters. This should help DJ Strawberry, Sterling Ledbetter, Chris McCray...oh just about every perimeter shooter on the team. His close affiliation with AAU program DC Assault is a little troubling. Some fans may see it as a boon for recruiting but getting cozy with slimy AAU programs will eventually backfire.

Adams played for Gary Williams at Boston College back in the 80's. He was an All-Big East selection for two years and had an 11 year NBA career. He led the NBA in 3-point shooting twice and was 1st or 2nd for 4 straight years. He was an NBA All-Star in 1992. After playing in the NBA he was an assistant for the Vancouver Grizzlies from 2000-2002. He recently returned to coaching when he became the head coach for the WNBA Washington Mystics. There seems to be great respect and mutual admiration between Williams and Adams and this could be a great fit for both of them. After taking on Mike Lonergan, who was just using Maryland as a stepping stone, they now have two coaches who are happy to be in College Park. Adams' NBA experience and background will likely also be helpful in recruiting. Dave Dickerson did great things in his time here but I think overall Gary has upgraded his staff with these hires.

News & Notes

Shawne Merriman was drafted 12th overall by the Chargers. Having been a football "free agent fan" since Miami fired Don Shula I may cultivate the Chargers as my team. I like Marty Shottenhiemer, their uniforms are decent and their cheerleaders are insanely hot. The Cowboys made a mistake picking Demarcus Ware instead of Merriman. Ware is a one dimensional pass rusher who competed against low talent at Troy State. Merriman has already said he felt misled by the Cowboy's brass. He'll get a chance to teach them a lesson on opening day as Dallas travels to San Diego on September 11th. "This was the one we really wanted to get...this is a guy we've been looking at for months" said San Diego assiatant GM Buddy Nix. Shottenheimer indicated Merriman would be used initially at OLB but would also line up as a down rusher. Shottenheimer's defensive schemes were great for players like Derrick Thomas and LaVar Arrington and Merriman can continue that legacy.

Fromer Terp CB Domonique Foxworth was drafted in the late 3rd round by Denver. It was a good pick for the Broncos who chose 3 DBs in the first 3 selections. Although Foxworth struggled at times in his senior season he is an intelligent player with solid character. His sub 4.4 speed at the combines didn't hurt either. Third round picks rarely get cut but Foxworth will have a tough battle to get on the field with the crowded defensive backfield in Denver.

Long snapper Joe Condo signed as a free agent with Dallas.

Guard CJ Brooks, who was a potential All-American in the preseason, signed with Oakland as a free agent.

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