Tyree We Hardly Knew Ye

What a mess our program has become. He’s in, he’s out. He’s in, he’s out.

Tyree Evans is out, and the decision apparently has come from him. His applications for admission wasn’t even done yet. I’m not quite sure what happened here, but there is a lot going on behind the scenes and none of it is good.

You may or may not have been in support of recruiting a guy like Evans, but needless to say the administration is not on the same page as the coach and something smells. The Baltimore Sun reminded us of the early 90’s when Gary had Donyell Marshall and Lawrence Moten all signed up, later to learn they were not going to be admitted due to grades. Are we going to go through something similar with Evans and Sean Mosley?

I’ve never heard of a program being in such a mess when it had nothing to do with sanctions of any kind.

Gary said today in a statement that “after much thought, Tyree felt Maryland was not the best fit for him at this time and I support his decision. We wish him well in the future.”

Yah. I don’t know what to think of all this. Who knows what our roster will look like next year. What do you all think?? Is this craziness the begining of the end for Gary? I hope not, but this does not make it look like he’s as in charge as he used to be.

Gary Bets It All on Evans

CNN/SI writer Luke Winn put together an interesting piece on Tyree Evans today. To put in mildly, it seems that the Maryland beat writers for the Sun and Post gave Gary and the program a pass on this one. After a quick read-through of Winn’s piece; It is clear to me that the Evans signing was not as much of a “slam dunk” as I had previously thought.

We already knew about the statutory rape charge. However, Luke Winn illuminated some details surrounding the charge are disconcerting. Coupled with his subsequent drug arrest (which somehow was missed by the local press) we have a greater cause for concern than I had originally thought.

Mr. Evans was stopped by police ( shortly AFTER pleading guilty to a lesser charge on his rape indictment) while he was in possession with over a half ounce of weed that was split up into a dozen or so little baggies. Police also found a scale with drug residue in his trunk. You don’t have to be Jeff Spicoli to recognize a drug dealer when you see one. (those are alarm bells you are hearing right now).

Now, I smoked my share of ganja in college and knew a handful of guys who sold the stuff. Scumbags, all of them. Maybe, they turned out fine, but I wouldn’t have pinned my hopes on them.

Now, by all accounts, Evans has behaved himself over the last year or so, and I am all for giving a guy a second chance; but as Winn rightly points out in his piece, this smacks of desperation.

By any estimation, Tyree Evans has the ability to become a star in the college game. His baggage meant that only a program in desperate need of some immediate help would take a chance on him. Enter Maryland and Gary Williams.

Desperate. How did it come to this? In five years, Maryland went from the penthouse to the outhouse. Now, our hopes hinge on a twice convicted 23-year old pot dealer.

What kind of message does this send to the current team? Clearly, Gary has so little faith in the current team, he is willing to take a make or break risk on Evans. It is as if Gary is saying “I don’t trust you, so I am pushing all my chips into the pot in the hopes that a 50/50 shot comes in.

Make no mistake: if the Evans signing blows up in Gary’s face; it is over. This is Williams’ crossing the Rubicon. There is no saving Gary if the Evans signing turns sour.

How did it come to this?

Another little known fact that Winn uncovered is that Maryland and Florida State have each recruited six JuCo players since 2002. The rest of the ACC has recruited six JuCo players COMBINED. Read that again. What is happening in College Park? Perhaps I have been living under a rock, but I had no idea that Maryland had deviated so far away from the median.

Since when did we become the Cincinnati of the ACC?

I appreciate the work of Mr. Winn. The press in Maryland has decided to give Gary a free pass on this signing but as far as I am concerned; it warranted greater scrutiny then the “phoned in” reporting that occurred with this story.

One final point, I sincerely hope that this time next year; I am singing the praises of Evans and hailing Gary for giving the guy a second chance. It’s just that the at happening seem lower than it did two weeks ago.

Maryland Nabs Juco Tyree Evans

This is a developing story, but it appears that Tyree Evans will sign with Maryland when the national signing period begins tomorrow. This came out of nowhere and just like anything having to do with the Terps program these days; this story has good and bad to it.

The Good: His juco coach claims “he could have scored 40 points per game if he wanted to.” Evans wound up averaging 21.2 points per game last season and hit on 44% of his three point attempts. The only individuals to score more points than Evans in the history of Virginia High School basketball are Moses Malone and Allen Iverson. So, Tyree Evans compares favorably in terms of scoring with two of the NBA’s Top 100 players of all-time. Read that sentence again.

The kid sounds like an absolute game changer. His coach calls him “a pro” and a potential all-ACC performer. Quite simply, Evans could have a Steve Francis-like impact in his first year in College. This is BIG news.

The Bad: In 2004, Evans was charged with statutory rape when he was in prep school in Massachusetts. (queue the “rapist” chants at every venue in the ACC outside of Comcast). The charges were DROPPED but Kansas State recinded it’s scholarship offer and the stigma remains. He followed up that sad episode by getting kicked off his first juco team. By all accounts, his second stint at juco seems to have been a positive one, but questions remain. Oh, and he is 22 years old.

Aside from his personal trials, the Terps appear to be overcrowded in the backcourt. It is safe to assume that Bobby Maze is no longer coming to College Park, but that still leaves Sean Mosley, Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes, and Adrian Bowie. Hayes and Vasquez are the only two who can play the point; and we have seen all the problems that come with that.

I can only assume that Gary and the coaching staff have serious concerns as to whether or not Mosley can qualify academically. Either that or Evans is such an insane talent that Gary couldn’t pass up the chance to grab him.

Complicating matters even further is that if Mosley is viewed by his hometown as having been treated unfairly; then the tenuous relationship that Maryland has with the city of Baltimore is all but severed. Does bringing in a juco transfer to eat up Mosley’s minutes from out of nowhere qualify?

Lots to contemplate for sure. I will end with this: if you believe that it is Gary Williams’ job to put the best possible combination of players on the court that he can; then I don’t see how signing a scoring machine like Evans could be a bad thing. IF he can stay out of trouble (swallowing own tongue…)