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The Jordan Williams story

I had heard so much talk by fans and by Gary Williams about Jordan Williams that I wanted to learn what I could about the future Terp.

I did a story on Jordan for today's paper. These are my impressions after talking to the recruit and his family, as well as two people who have seen him play:

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* He's a good kid. He's coachable and wants to learn how to play major college basketball. In this respect, he reminds me of freshman Sean Mosley, whose attitude is a coach's dream. Jordan Williams knows he has to hit the weight room and turn what his father called "a high-school body" into something more solid.

* He really hasn't been challenged much at the high school level. I asked him how big the opposing team's forwards are in his Connecticut league, and he said typically about 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-3. Keep in mind that Williams is 6-foot-9 and 3/4.

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He did have bigger and better competition last summer in AAU and said he really struggled when that season began. It was his eventual progress against other AAU "bigs" that made him into a top-100 recruit. He's ranked No. 99 by Scout.com.* This is a guy with a large upside, but he's not a "can't miss" recruit. One expert said it was "a coin flip" whether he makes a splash in the ACC.

* Jordan Williams and his family had to conduct some due diligence on Maryland. They had heard rumors that Gary Williams was on the outs with the athletic department. Jordan's father said he talked to Deborah Yow himself to make sure that Gary wasn't going to be leaving Maryland soon. This is precisely why schools try to avoid public rifts -- because they can really rattle recruits. But Jordan's family said it's comfortable with Maryland now.

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