Thursday, May 5, 2011

Maryland recruits plan to reevaluate after Gary Williams’s retirement

Gary Williams's retirement as Maryland men's basketball coach evoked memories, elicited tributes and triggered speculation over who will succeed him. But perhaps no reactions were more important to the immediate future of the Terrapins' program than those of current recruits.

Within an hour of the news breaking Thursday afternoon, New Jersey point guard Sterling Gibbs, one of Maryland's top two recruits for next season, told Web sites that he and Baltimore forward Nick Faust were going to reconsider their college choice.

"The family is willing to give the next coach the opportunity to hear what he has to say, but obviously he was recruited by someone else," said Gary Charles, who coaches Gibbs on the New York Panthers travel team. "So because of that, he has to listen to other schools."

Because Faust and Gibbs have signed binding national letters-of-intent, they would need releases from Maryland to play as freshmen at other schools this fall. Maryland could delay granting such releases until after hiring Williams's replacement, thereby giving the new coach an opportunity to re-recruit the players.


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