When you think of Gary Williams, you think of a fiery, passionate and fearless head coach who wasn’t scared to go up against the likes of North Carolina and Duke multiple times year after year. However, the phrase “great recruiter” doesn’t come to mind.
The mid-Atlantic region is a hot bed of high school basketball talent and although Williams has nabbed a top 50 recruit in the class of 2011, he has failed to utilize all the talent that the area has to offer. If you look at just current high school seniors, there are more than ten guys in our top 50 from Maryland, New Jersey or Virginia (only part of the mid-Atlantic region).
There are many teams to recruit from in both the high school game and AAU circuit whether it be 2011 ESPN RISE NHSI champion Montrose Christian (MD) and long-time power house Dematha High School (MD) or Team Takeover (DC), who won last year’s Nike EYBL Championship and is currently undefeated to start this summer (10-0), and DC Assault in the AAU game.
Williams has done fairly well recruiting from Montrose Christian as Terrapin star Greivis Vasquez and 2012 small forward Justin Anderson (#45) attended there but he has missed out on big-time recruits like Kevin Durant. The University of Maryland also has other highly respected high schools in the surrounding area such as Oak Hill (VA), St. Patrick (NJ) and St. Anthony (NJ) to pull prospects from.
So what does all of this mean? Whoever the new head coach is for the Terps will have a lot of talent to build future teams around but has already suffered two major losses since class of 2011 prospects shooting guard Nick Faust (#38) and point guard Sterling Gibbs are already seeking for release from their letters of intent. The future head coach will also have to battle ACC foes Duke and North Carolina and local rival Georgetown for players year after year.