After reading the article about Jeff Goodman’s interview of DMV AAU coach Keith Stevens, as mentioned Saturday, we went back and listened to the whole thing (His podcast is called Good N Plenty if you want to look it up).
To be honest, we’re not always huge fans of Goodman’s. He just...we don’t know what it is. His podcast is more entertaining than, say, Andy Katz’s because while Katz is clearly a decent man, his podcast is fairly boring.
However, while thinking about the two of them this thought flashed through and kind of gave some clarity.
If you took those two guys and cast them in a movie about the Vietnam War with archetypal roles like in, say, platoon, how are you going to cast them?
Stop and think about that for a minute.
Okay, back to the podcast. As the article we linked said, Maryland is having trouble recruiting in the DMV, which is inconceivable. Even when the Terps were rebuilding after the Bob Wade fiasco (Wade was hired from Dunbar High after the Len Bias aftermath saw Lefty Driesell lose his job), Gary Williams could still get local recruits. Even when a lot of the local coaches in effect boycotted Maryland for years following Wade’s dismissal.
To make matters worse for Maryland, Patrick Ewing, now coaching his alma mater Georgetown, is handling the local grassroots scene much better.
The upshot? Georgetown is about to smoke Maryland in backyard recruiting. That’s pretty sad for Maryland basketball.