Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Goins joins roundball squad

Steve Goins was cleared by the NCAA to join the Maryland basketball team giving the squad 12 members out of the 13 player limit. Goins is more of a project at the moment but his size, 6-10 260 pounds, may make him useful this fall with a dearth of inside players. If Goins works hard at defense and rebounding he may be a factor this season but he is probably going to provide depth in case of injury or foul trouble. My hope is that the early conference schedule will give him the chance to get some valuable game experience. Last season the Terps were shaky in the out of conference games requiring the starters to see more time on the court, along with some substitution patterns that came back to bite the team in the ass later in the year, resulting in some young bench players not progressing as much as they should have.

Goins joins Sean Mosely and perhaps Jin Soo Kim (also waiting NCAA clearance but likely to be granted it) as members of an important 2008 class. If this group flops and fails to challenge some of the incumbent players, who badly need someone nipping at their heels, then Maryland could be in for it's worst season since coming off NCAA sanctions. I think Mosley will play right away and if Kim or Goins can push some of the frontcourt players the Terps could really surprise some teams in a very weak ACC.

Goins will wear number 25. Other notable Terps to wear number 25 include All-American Gene Shue, Steve Blake, Tony Massenburg, Rodney Elliot, Ekene Ibekwe and Ernie Graham.

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