COLLEGE PARK -- The Maryland men's basketball team began the early signing period with commitments from a shooting guard and a power forward. But coach Gary Williams was just as absorbed yesterday with a coach leaving his program - and a player who might be sidelined indefinitely - as he was with the new recruits.
Michael Adams, the former NBA three-point specialist entering his third season as an assistant to Williams, announced that he was leaving for personal reasons.
Maryland officials said Adams had been pondering the move and that he wants to devote more time to his son, Michael Christian, a freshman point guard at Good Counsel in Montgomery County.
"He's in a situation with his family and his son where he wants to do the best job he can do," Williams said. "I think he was looking at how busy it gets with the season starting in the last week or so, and he just felt he needed to be in another place at this time."
Maryland officials did not elaborate. Williams said he was elevating Robert Ehsan, an assistant recruiting coordinator, to acting assistant coach for the remainder of the season and that a search would be conducted for a permanent replacement after the season.
Adams, who played 11 seasons in the NBA, joined the Terrapins' staff in 2005. He was coach of the WNBA's Washington Mystics in 2004. Another Terrapins assistant, Rob Moxley, left in 2006 to become associate head coach at Charlotte.
Williams, whose Terrapins (2-0) face Northeastern (0-1) tonight, said there was more bad news. He said he fears 6-foot-7 junior forward Dave Neal, who made his first career start in a season-opening victory against North Florida, might be out after suffering a shoulder injury against Hampton.
The team was waiting for the results of a magnetic resonance imaging conducted yesterday.
"I'm very worried," Williams said. "It could be very similar to what he did before, which could put him out for a long time. This would be the third time for this particular injury."
The two letters of intent were from in-state players: 6-4 shooting guard Sean Mosley (St. Frances) and 6-10 forward Augustus Gil- christ (Progressive Christian in Temple Hills).
Mosley had considered Syracuse, among other schools. Williams described him as "strong enough to go inside but a decent enough shooter from the perimeter where you've got to play him honestly. I think he can have an immediate impact."
Gilchrist, who originally had planned to attend Virginia Tech, was the Most Valuable Player of the Capital Classic all-star game in April. "He's got the skills to be a good all-around player at 6-10," Williams said. "He does have some shooting skills to go along with his inside game."
Note -- Maryland's opponent at the CBE Classic semifinal in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday will be UCLA. The Terps and Bruins will play the opening semifinal at 7 p.m., with Missouri and Michigan State playing in the other semifinal. Maryland will play Tuesday night in either the championship or consolation game.