The off-the-court troubles of recent Terps recruit Tyree Evans have been well chronicled in the local and national media. My question for Terps fans is this: Do you want him? Vote in the poll to the right and let me know. Point being, is it "by any means necessary" in terms of getting Ws and getting back to the NCAA tournament? Or should Maryland be more selective and less pathetically/obviously/embarrassingly desperate in terms of who it recruits to wear the red and white and yellow and black and gold form fitting jerseys?
By the way, I don't want him. And if he goes on to average 20 points and lead Maryland to the top 10 while leading scores of old ladies across the street, I'll still feel that way.
I got no problem with a guy getting a second or third or thirteenth chance to play college hoops and make something of himself. But I don't really want the 23-year-old, 8 school, convicted dope dealer slinging Js so we can go better than .500 in the ACC.
I get it, I don't like it.
Let Bob Huggins or whoever coaches Central Florida coach this guy. Let me ask you this, in one million years, would Roy Williams or Coach K. ever offer a scholarship to Tyree Evans? You know the answer. Hate those schools if you want, but they are the measuring stick, and Maryland's efforts to measure up have led them down a troubling path.
It sure comes across as desperation. I'm disappointed that we're going for clowns like this.
Everyone loves a comeback story.
I'm a UMD degree holder and longterm Terps fan. I am proud of the University, the basketball team and it's accomplishments. Those of you out there who are berating the team, the coach, and the program for recruiting this kid should reexamine your own lives. Put yourself, as a youth, in his environment and tell this blog if you would have been able to avoid the troubles Tyree has experienced and still be in a position for a major college program to want him. Give the kid (and 23 is still a kid) a chance and stop being so sanctimonious.
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