Thoughts on Mosley and Maryland basketball

Team to hold open scrimmage on Oct. 29

October 20, 2011|By Jeff Barker

Based on what I've seen and heard (i.e., "reporting"), here are some preseason thoughts about Maryland basketball:

I think Sean Mosley will be much improved over last season, when he shot 41.3 percent from the field  and averaged 8.1 points after averaging 10.1 the season before. I've noted before that he acknowledged passing up good looks at the basket -- a telltale sign that a player is overthinking on the court.

New Terps coach Mark Turgeon has clearly sought to raise Mosley's confidence by giving him more responsibilities as a scorer and team leader. It was no coincidence that Turgeon handed the microphone to Mosley during Maryland Madness and asked him to address the Comcast Center crowd.

Turgeon needs Mosley this season -- and vice-versa -- and it's interesting to watch the coach demonstrate his trust in the Maryland senior.

Who do you think will be next on the "most improved" list? Your options -- this is multiple choice -- are Mychal Parker, Ashton Pankey and Berend Weijs. Maryland fans have to hope Pankey can stay healthy.

--I wonder if Maryland is going to eventually reduce its number of "guarantee" games. You know the ones I'm talking about in which Maryland guarantees an appearance fee ($80,000? $90,000?) to a school that normally gets crushed at Comcast Center. The games are not always so fun to watch.

--Maryland announced today that it will hold an open scrimmage at Comcast from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 29 before the football game with Boston College.





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