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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