According to Josh Barr in the Washington Post it looks as if Dematha junior Austin Freeman will decide fairly soon where he is going to college. The 6-4 SG is a scoring machine and would fill a void at the position with the departure of Mike Jones. If the staff signs Vasquez, and it seems they will, then Hayes and Vasquez are the only two guards on the squad for 2007 at this point. Initial rumors had Freeman favoring Syracuse but recent indications may point to Georgetown. Maryland is still an unlikely destination. Recruiting coordinator Rob Moxley is working hard on Freeman and other 2007 targets.
Terps in the news
Nice article by Seth Davis, who grew up in Montgomery county, about the upcoming Maryland basketball season. According to him you should Fear the Turtle again. It is fairly good at setting up the coming season and why he thinks this Terps squad will be better than last year. His hypothetical lineup of DJ Strawberry, Nik Caner-Medley, James Gist, Ekene Ibekwe and Will Bowers is highly unlikely to ever take the court. Medley struggles to cover slower and less agile small forwards in the ACC. He'd never be able to keep up with any shooting guard.
I do agree that Travis Garrison may have to accept coming off the bench and be more of a role playing senior like Tahj Holden in 2003. They are very similar players. Both have physiques that would make you think they would be better in the post than they are and both have a nice outside shot. Williams has always liked to rotate players in the post if he has the depth so Garrison won't have his minutes totally taken away, but he could lose 10 minutes to Ibekwe and Gist. He still has a habit of fouling early in games and landing himself on the bench. If the other forwards can play well enough to put him on the bench Garrison could actually be more valuable as a sub than a starter.
Some who have seen the recent scrimmages and practices have been raving about the progress of Ibekwe and Gist. Gist has added muscle and is showing off a slew of low post moves. If he can round out his game to go along with impressive athleticism he could dominate the depleted ACC. Ibekwe disappointed last season with his inconsistency. Against a physical Wisconsin team he played his best game of the year with 21 points and 12 rebounds, he also showed up for both Duke games, but disappeared in too many other contests. He worked on retooling his absurd jump shot technique over the summer and has fully recovered from his broken rib that may have hampered him late in the season. Gary Williams has been cautiously optimistic that Ibekwe has matured and is willing to show the discipline necessary to raise his play on a nightly basis.