Wednesday, April 22, 2009

News and Notes

It looks like forward Braxton Dupree's time as a Terrapin is over. The sophomore will transfer to another school leaving a scholarship open for 2009 regardless of the draft decision of Greivis Vasquez. It was clear about half way through the season that Gary Williams had given up on Dupree and that his days in College Park were numbered. I think Dupree's biggest problem was they he never adjusted his mental game for college basketball after relying on dominating high school based merely on his physical ability. Too passive and afraid of making a mistake he could never demonstrate any consistent production. It is a shame because I felt Dupree had the skills to be an effective player but it became clear that he wasn't going to turn things around at Maryland. Perhaps he'll have luck at his next stop.

It was also announced that Maryland will play Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten "Challenge" next season. Maryland will be coming off a trip to Maui so a game on the road against a rebuilding Indiana team could be a good thing for the Terps.

Maryland had a scare when starting running back Da'Rel Scott injured his knee last week after getting hit by CB Nolan Carroll. Scott will miss the rest of the spring but the injury isn't considered serious. On a side note I think Carroll will benefit from the change to press coverage Maryland is switching to after having corners lay off receivers almost 15 yards under Chris Cosh. Carroll isn't exactly smooth in his back peddle nor does he have blazing speed but he is big and physical.

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