It’s time to show some appreciation in this week’s #WNSTSweet16

February 18, 2014 | Glenn Clark

3. Walt Williams

I agonized over this because I had originally decided Williams deserved to be very high on this list because history won’t be able to fully tell the story of how important he was to the school in surviving the first years of the Gary Williams era.

But Williams is certainly the most appreciated of the players in the four on this list, so I’m not sure whether or not I got this one right.

I guess the point I’m trying to make by making “The Wizard” third is that Williams was so significant to the program he may never be fully appreciated. It isn’t about stats (although he was one of the greats). It’s about how he bridged the gap from Bob Wade to the arrival of Joe Smith and made Maryland viable. That deserves a level of appreciation we might not fully be able to comprehend.

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. chris Says:

    looking at all of these old videos, i keep thinking one the thing: God i miss Gary Williams

  2. chris Says:

    Great list. I still say Steve Blake is underrated though. He was always overshadowed by Dixon but really was the glue of the team for his 4 years. I will never forget the steal he had on Jason (Jay) Williams as Williams was getting instructions from Coach K and never saw Blake coming. Also who knew he would go on to have a 10+ year NBA Career and counting? I dont think anyone ever predicted that at the time he was drafted. As you can tell he was probably my All time favorite terp.

  3. Phil Says:

    agree with the Steve Sheppard suggestion…did you consider Herman Veal?

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