During their first public intrasquad scrimmage, the Maryland men's basketball team showed off their skills Saturday afternoon. Fans of all ages were in attendance to see what this year's team has in store for the season.
The Terps played four quarters (10 minutes each) of live game situation basketball, including referees calling infractions and coaches barking out calls from the bench.
Play started off sloppy in the first quarter with low scoring and the refs stopping play due to a number of violations on each squad. Once the scrimmage entered the second quarter, better basketball was being played.
One storyline that will follow the team all year is how freshmen Jordan Williams and James Padgett will impact the team. Padgett showed he could be a factor in the Terps offense, providing a big presence down low and the ability to finish strong. The 6'8 forward finished the contest with an impressive 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Williams, on the other hand, didn't have quite the same imposing performance as his freshman counterpart. The 6'10 freshman from Torrington, Connecticut, struggled to find his rhythm and was mainly used for screens in the low post offense. Williams finished with 4 points and only 3 rebounds, as he continues to search for his role in the offense.
With uncertainty still surrounding the freshmen post players, there is no question about who will lead this 09-10 Terps team. Greivis Vasquez led the Terps in scoring with 25 points in the scrimmage, taking his familiar role as the leader on the floor.
Experienced senior guard Eric Hayes, who matched up against Vasquez for most of the time, had a less than stellar performance. Hayes took a plethora of 3-point shots, missing most of them, and only finished with 5 points total. Hayes acted more as a play caller and floor general rather than a scorer.
With one year of experience of college basketball under his belt, sophomore guard Sean Mosley has high expectations heading into the season. The 6'4 guard didn't disappoint in this one, and finished the contest with a double-double. Mosley accumulated 21 points and 10 rebounds, showing he can be a dynamic player on this Terps roster.
Coach Gary Williams wore a neck brace due to neck surgery a few weeks ago, but he still played an active role coaching on the floor. He stopped play every now and then to provide coaching points to both squads.
All in all, the Maryland basketball squad looked strong in their first public scrimmage, proving that high expectations surrounding them are for good reason.
The scrimmage was a great way for the Terps to prepare for the upcoming season, beginning with the season opener November 13 at home against Charleston Southern.