Terps' Lewis pointing to Derrick-like season

November 08, 1990|By Milton Kent | Milton Kent,Evening Sun Staff

COLLEGE PARK — Tickets to Maryland's intrasquad scrimmage last night at Woodlawn High School were not free, as was previously reported in The Evening Sun, but cost $3. The Evening Sun regrets the error.

COLLEGE PARK -- It has been the expected course of virtually every younger brother since Abel to avoid direct comparisons to his older brother.

For Maryland center Cedric Lewis, the reminders of the differences between himself and his older, but not necessarily bigger, brother, Derrick, confront him every time he steps into Cole Field House.


In the corners of the old arena, atop giant digital clocks, are advertisements that carry Derrick's lanky frame, getting into position for a shot. Derrick was taking shots for the Terps, and blocking those of opponents, from 1984-85 through 1987-88.

But Cedric, now a senior, shrugs off any notion that he and his brother have a sibling rivalry.

"It's a good feeling when I come in here and I see that my brother is in a poster for an advertisement," said Cedric.

"Anywhere I go, I'll always be looked at as Derrick's younger brother. It's an honor to have that feeling and play at the same school that he did."

Derrick, who is three years older and two inches shorter than the 6-foot-9 Cedric, was drafted by the Chicago Bulls, but didn't stick. After bouncing around a few NBA training camps, Derrick decided to ply his trade in Europe and is playing professionally in Belgium.

Some of the same doubts that dogged Derrick confront Cedric, as he prepares to take his first shot as Maryland's starting center.

Both players had reputations as sterling defensive players coming out of John Carroll High in Washington. In fact, Cedric came to College Park as the nation's top schoolboy shot blocker.

But neither brother had been recognized for his offensive abilities, until Derrick had a breakout junior year, averaging 19 points a game and shooting 60 percent from the floor. He also was the nation's second-best shot blocker that season, behind Navy's David Robinson.

"When my brother was here, they wrote him off as not being a great offensive player in his junior year," Cedric said. "He came out and showed them. [Before then] he was surrounded by players like Len Bias and Adrian Branch. It's kind of hard to develop a game with players like that around you."

Now, with the departure of Tony Massenburg and Jerrod Mustaf to the NBA, it will be Cedric's turn to reveal supposedly hidden offensive skills.

"Hopefully, this year I can come out and do the same thing, since we don't have that many big men. I have more of a chance this year to show what I can do," said Lewis. "I really think I can prove everyone wrong this year."

He'll have the opportunity to show what he can do tonight, when the Terps play an intra-squad scrimmage at Woodlawn High. There is no admission charge for the 7:30 game.

"He's been contributing a lot, without starting the last couple years," said coach Gary Williams. "Obviously, he's going to be given that chance to be the man in the middle."

Lewis' role as a defensive presence has never been in question. His 49 blocked shots last season were nearly a third of the team's total of 162, and were third best in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

But his offensive game hasn't presented itself. He was the first frontcourt reserve for Massenburg and Mustaf last year and played in all 33 games, yet scored only 101 points for a 3.1 average. By contrast, he pulled down 100 rebounds.

But Lewis says he has never been asked to carry a portion of the offensive load, leaving that to his more renowned teammates.

"My offense has always been there," Lewis said. "Last year, when I came out, I didn't appear to be too offensive-minded. It's kind of hard to handle the ball coming off the bench, knowing you're going to have limited time, maybe eight minutes per game in two-minute intervals.

"People tend to try to do too much at one time, and I think that was the case with me last year. This year, I can come out and play the game the way I know how."

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