Thursday, July 12, 2007

Reflections of NCM

Our friends over at the DC Sports Bog have an interesting interview with Nik Caner-Medley in which he discusses his current plans and his years at Maryland. Some of Nik's answers are surprisingly candid and mature. It seems dealing with an injury that ended any hope of a rookie season in the NBA, or anywhere else, and playing in Germany have helped him grow up a little. As any regular reader knows I have mixed emotions about the 2002 class that Caner-Medley was a part of and that hasn't changed. I felt that at the end of the 2005 season Caner-Medley played heroically at times trying to singlehandedly lift Maryland to an NCAA tournament bid. He didn't always play smart, however, and his famous defensive lapses cost his team dearly. He tried to lead by example when the team needed a locker room presence to motivate the more lazy elements on the squad. Even diehard Terp fans can't help but feel ambivalent about his career at Maryland. He does have some words of wisdom that all Maryland fans should read. In life things don't always turn out the way you expect or want them to.

In other news Lonny Baxter is still dealing with related legal issues from his troubles steming from the discharge of a Glock pistol near the White House last year. He apparently used Fed Ex to ship two pistols and a rifle from Rockville to College Park in violation of Federal law. It appears this will be packaged with his plea agreement related to the previous gun discharge. Hopefully Baxter will learn his lesson and stay away from guns for good. Millions of Americans are responsible gun owners but Baxter obviously isn't one of those and now that he has a criminal record he better not be caught with another or he could go to jail for a long time.

I've had a chance to look at some film of 2007 recruit Shane Walker recently and was impressed. Walker is a scrapper with good hustle who runs the floor very well. He needs to develop strength, as all freshmen do, but has good ability to finish around the basket. With redshirt freshman Jerome Burney still dealing with lingering foot problems fans could see more of Walker and fellow frosh Braxton Dupree early in the season. Walker is a work in progress but I think he has the potential to develop into a viable starter in the ACC.

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