Five questions -- The newest UM women’s basketball commit
More than a year ago, Riverdale Baptist forward Dee Liles committed to play basketball for Maryland.
Academics ended up rerouting Liles, a 6-foot-1 forward, to Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Fla. But -- as first reported by TerrapinTimes.com -- now Liles is heading to College Park after all.
Gulf Coast head coach Roonie Scovel said Liles recommitted to the Terps on a visit to Maryland’s campus earlier this month. She also considered LSU and Louisville.
During her freshman season, Liles averaged approximately seven points and five rebounds per game for a Gulf Coast team that will eventually have had “six or seven or eight” Division I players, according to Scovel. Liles will join the Terps during the 2008-09 season with two years of eligibility remaining.
Scovel was kind enough to answer ‘Five questions’ about Liles.
Were you surprised she committed to Maryland?
Well she had made a couple other visits, but I think that’s always been her dream. It was probably smart to look at a couple other schools to make sure, and then be able to follow her dream.
Now she’ll play close to home and be close to her family. She gets back to her roots and now she gets to do something she’s always wanted to do.
What is Liles like as a player?
Dee’s one of those players that has the ability to play a lot of positions, but you can’t really name the exact one. She has great athleticism in the post, and she’s quick enough to run outside and play the perimeter game. She’s got a lot of good qualities. She can probably play any position except the point.
What can she improve on?
Last year she didn’t shoot the ball very well from the perimeter. We took her out of her comfort zone, which was close to the basket. She can score and rebound close to the basket.
This year we’ll utilize her at both positions, probably a little more inside because of our team. She worked a lot on her perimeter shooting. I do think that’ll be a lot better this year.
What are your expectations of Liles this season?
We have a pretty diverse group. We’ve got three-point shooters; we’ve got quickness, a nice post game. I think on any given night we could have five different kids who could step up and lead the team in scoring. We’re pretty diverse. My expectation of Dee is that I expect her to average a double-double this year. There are going to be nights when we move her out to the perimeter. We’re going to use Dee at whatever position will be most successful for our team.
What you think of her commitment to Maryland?
She looked at a couple other schools, but I would say Dee’s heart and loyalty was always with Maryland. The second time around with these kids, you never know what will happen. I’m glad she was loyal to Maryland and I’m glad the Maryland coaches were loyal to her. In today’s society, we’ve kind of lost some of that [loyalty]. I think it’s great that both sides agreed to be loyal to each other. I think she’s got a lot of potential to be a really nice player for Maryland.