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Duke pros suck? Make that Terps

Posted on: February 18, 2009 1:45 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2009 2:03 pm

Tuesday the Hornets acquired Chris Wilcox and Joe Smith for Tyson Chandler. Most versions of the st ory were written the other way.

Here's how our site wrote the headline : Hornets ship Chandler to Thunder for Smith, Wilcox

Point is, Chandler was the key element. And there's a big reason why. Smith and Wilcox, simply put, are NBA journeymen. Heck, Smith can probably be considered the posterboy for NBA journeyman. Traded five times, Smith has donned nine different franchise jerseys, not including two separate stints in Philly. Wilcox, meanwhile is on his fourth team since entering the league prematurely in 2002.

Two spare parts among a growing bin of NBA afterthoughts.

Correction, two spare parts from a growing bin of Maryland-created NBA afterthoughts. Smith, Wilcox, Juan Dixon, D.J. Strawberry, Sarunas Jaskievicius, Terrence Morris, Laron Profit, Tony Massenberg, Keith Booth ... it goes on and on. Remember Obinna Ekezie? Doubtful.

Sure, there's Steve Francis, Buck Williams and Joe Smith in his early Golden State years. But as a collective, Maryland is well, Duke.

That is in the way everybody says Duke doesn't create good pros. It's Maryland that doesn't create good pros. There are some big names, like John Lucas and Gene Shue. But there's also Walt Williams, a first-round wizardly dud. There's Lonny Baxter, a firearms wiz and there's Exree Hipp, a globetrotting wizard of excitement.

I grew up a short ride from College Park, where Duke bashing was a pastime. And that meant making fun of Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley, Antonio Lang, Danny Ferry, Cherokee Parks and Trajan Langdon for their unremarkable careers. But time is a tricky SOB. Not that Maryland ever produced much in terms of valuable NBA talent, but there was Len Bias, The Future. And Steve Francis was The Franchise. And Len Elmore was, well, The Voice.

As if seeing two Terps go in a trade as spare parts wasn't bad enough, the pipeline is dry. There's nothing of note there now, or in the near future. At least Steve Blake is turning out to be a serviceable point guard, something Duke hasn't contributed to the NBA since, well, ever.

(Eric, Chris Duhon's doing just fine in New York)


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Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: July 22, 2009 11:02 pm

Duke pros suck? Make that Terps

Why do you hate on your local school?!  There are so many significant NCAA programs that have produced far less NBA talent then Maryland--why not do a blog on those schools?!?.  Buck Williams had a long and prosperous NBA career and remains one of the NBA's all time leading rebounders.  Tom McMillan, John Lucas & Lenny Elmore all had long NBA careers, as did Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith, even if they were journeymen.  Steve Blake has turned out to be a very capable NBA point guard.  What about Moses Malone?  Moses signed a national letter of intent to attend Maryland even though he ultimately skipped college...

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2009 10:54 am

Duke pros suck? Make that Terps

This is one bad blog after another.  Completely pointless article...I guess this is supposed to be the treatment for no creativity whatsoever.  Another bad blogger, good thing this isn't considered real journalism.

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2009 5:10 pm

Duke pros suck? Make that Terps

Notice that Eric Kay's last blog entry was Feb 11th.  It took him a full week to come up with this.  Is CBS actually paying this amateur. I hope he has a day job.

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2009 5:03 pm

Duke pros suck? Make that Terps

Eric Kay doesn't speak for sports fans. He has never won a national championship. He has never done anything. He is a small-time blogger.

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2009 4:58 pm

Duke pros suck? Make that Terps

Since 1994, duke has gotten 24 McDonald's All-Americans.  Maryland has gotten 3.  The fact that the success of their athletes in NBA are even in the same conversation speaks volumes about Gary Williams' ability to develop players (or mike krzyzewski's lack thereof).

But I guess the main point of this article was not to assemble a legitimate, intelligent argument, but to try to get people to read and talk about your blog.  Unfortunately, I guess you succeeded.

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2009 4:57 pm

Duke pros suck? Make that Terps

Eric...judging from your profile, I think you went to Miami.......of OHIO bwhahahahahaha  Why doesn't THE U call itself Miami of Florida?

Anyways.  Miami of OHIO's great NBA tradtion consists of:

Randy Ayers-drafted by Bulls, never played a minute professionally

Ron Harper-good player, played for at least 4 or 5 teams and rode the Jordan and Kobe train to 5 NBA Titles

Wally Sczerbiak - already has played for 4 teams(Twolves, Celts, Cavs, Sonics) and I'm sure many more..definition of journeyman.

I'm sure I'm missing a few "NBA" players you guys have churned out.

Tell me again why your are critizing MD basketball?  Your willing to write this stuff but are you willing to discuss the reasons for the article with your blog readers?  Or is this just shock and awe journalism? 

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2009 4:39 pm

Duke pros do suck.....

You obviously have an ax to grind with MD...fine.  Why not Wakes pros suck ?  Why not NCSU pro's suck ?

MD has the third most pro's behind UNC and Duke in the NCAA.  Not bad for a program that might be lucky to have one McDonalds All-American a year compared to 6 on Duke's roster every year.  The talent at Duke gets wasted....that's why you cant sign any big men.

UNC wins the pro argument in the ACC hands down over Duke.....they get talent and develop it.

If you want to know why people in the DC are dislike Duke.....check out and it will tell you all you need to know.

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2009 4:34 pm

Duke pros suck? Make that Terps

Where does Maryland rank as far as # of current pros?  What is the percentage of current NBA "stars" to never attend college?  What is the point of this article?  I guess no other universities have "busts" in the pros.  Where did you go to school...I hope it's UNC or UCLA or some place with an inkling of tradition.  What a hack piece!


Obvious Terp Alum

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 18, 2009 4:25 pm

Duke pros suck? Make that Terps

What exactly is the point of this article?  Yet another bashing of Maryland, a tradition rich program that is taking shots from every direction these days?  If you are going to compare the pros turned out by Duke vs. Maryland how about pointing out the number of High School All Americans the 2 programs start with every year?. 

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: February 18, 2009 3:26 pm

Duke pros suck? Make that Terps

I think the appropriate response is "so what?".  The fact that Duke or Maryland doesn't produce great professional basketball players means exactly nothing since the NCAA doesn't go back and retroactively award championship trophies based on a team's collective performance at the next level.  All that matters in college basketball is what the players do while they're in college .



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