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April 1, 2008

Season recap: Dee Liles

Maryland women’s basketball commitment Dee Liles will suit up for the Terps next season with an already impressive resume.

During her sophomore season, Liles helped lead Gulf Coast (Fla.) Community College to the National Junior College Athletic Association championship. She earned MVP honors at the NJCAA tournament. And Liles was named Junior College Player of the Year.

Liles, a 6-foot forward, averaged 11.1 points and 7.8 rebounds per game during Gulf Coast’s regular season. But according to Commodores head coach Roonie Scovel, those numbers were a little deceiving.

“You would have to look beyond the numbers because she was one of five kids averaging double-figures,” Scovel said. “What made her so special was her presence on the court. We probably wouldn't have been as successful without her. She had to guard so many positions. Her athleticism is what separates her -- that's the bottom line. She's a phenomenal athlete and I don't know if there’s a better athlete than her on the college level.”

Liles saved her best performances of the year for the NJCAA tournament. The Suitland native averaged 12.8 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals during the four-game tournament. Scovel said those four games were the culmination of her two years at Gulf Coast.

“I thought she was the most consistent that I've seen her in two years -- the most consistent production and effort in two years,” Scovel said. “... She seemed to be real focused on that task at hand.”

There’s been some debate about what Liles’ best position at the next level would be. At 6-foot, maybe 6-foot-1, she’s a touch undersized for forward. But while initially Scovel thought size would be a concern, she’s now changed her tune.

“We were concerned her freshman year that she’d have to improve [her outside game] to play on the perimeter, but I've changed my thoughts on that,” Scovel said. “Even though she's undersized, her athleticism makes her play much bigger. I think she'll be able to work in the post and in the perimeter some. She hit some really nice perimeter shots. All of our [NJCAA tournament] games were close, and she hit baseline jumpers, shots from the free throw line. She's very, very quick, and has an unbelievable ability to jump.”

On the defensive end, Liles’ size shouldn’t be a concern at all, according to Scovel.

“The athleticism, the ability to get rebounds off the rim and defend -- she's such a tremendous defender,” Scovel said. “Taking charges seems to be a lost art, but she's very good at that. She can take away the lane and block shots. She’s a tremendous shot-blocker, and we’re going to miss the athleticism. You don't get players to come along that often that have that type of athleticism.”

Scovel said she’ll miss Liles’ basketball IQ and athleticism next year. But she thinks Liles is ready to take that next step.

“I think she’s going to do fine,” Scovel said. “She trained with Team USA, made it to training camp there, so she's played with the best of the best. She was one of the finalists [to make the team], so she’s obviously shown that she's a top athlete that can play at the next level. She's going to have to consistently do it on a day-to-day basis to keep with the success [Maryland’s] having.

“She's going to a place that's got tremendous basketball players, but she's coming from one well-diversified team and going to another,” Scovel said. “Of course I think they’re losing some of that, so I'm sure they'll expect her to give them quality minutes. She's not going to have to change the things she does, but she’ll step it up to play in the ACC.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:25 PM | | Comments (11)
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Comments

Just another example of how good Brenda can recruit. She will lose a lot next year but when you have a great program she won't miss a beat. Unlike Gary Walk ON WILLIAMS Brenda Built off of her National Championship win and final 4 appearences. Girls knock down her door to come to Md and she out recruits such talent laden schools like TENN LSU, CONN, NC See Gary that is what is suppose to happen when a program has success, not go backwards like yours. I guess the girls program has different enrollment guidelines because all i hear from the Gary williams faithful are excuses why gary can't recruit with the other schools.Gary you better start taking a good hard look at the way you are running your program and start changing your ways before it is to late.

Bob,

In one of your past post, you promised that you were going to quit whinning about Gary. Give it a break, we've heard it for the past month.

CONGRATS to Brenda and all the Ladies...job well done!!

Bob,
We're are tired of hearing your constant complaints about Coach Williams. The article is about Ms.Liles and the women's bball.

About the article, Liles and Lynetta Kizer are great for 2008. I can't wait to see who will be joining the team in 2009. They have already gotten a PG and are involved with so many other elite prospects...Go Terps!

This just gave me one more great example of what i have been saying all the time.You loyal admirer's can't stand the truth about gary and his program. You can continue to believe that there isn't a problem but guy's there not going away anytime soon. .

Bob,

Not defending anyone, just tired of hearing about it.
Gary has issues and the program has issues, get over it and move on.

Ron that is fair enough. Until next year guys.

Bob - You can't compare MD to TENN or UConn in recruiting. MD won the championship and this year's seniors still have that experience. Do it for another 5 years, then maybe you are in the TN or UConn class. Can you say Candace Parker, Maya Moore, Elle Della Dunn.....didn't think so!

I am not comparing Maryland with anybody , i am saying that brenda friese can recruit with the those schools, Brenda has attracted some of the nations best stars to md in her time here. When she was at Minn she made them into a winner as well. She came here and turned this team completely into a top 10 program every year. Before her arrival miss wheller in 25 years had this team in the final 4 one time. What i am saying is you don't have to wait any longer to know that she has made Md a top 10 school every year. She built this program off of the national championship year and the final 4 year. Something that Our other Coach which i am not suppose to mention anymore failed to do.

so matt, back to the original subject of this post, what have you heard of the 2009 class? I see that Brenda has feelers out w/many of the top recruits. Any of them leaning towards College Park? For what the 2008 class lacks in quantity, seems to be well made up by quality. Any thoughts on Kizer and Mingo in practice together? Are the two redshirt frosh guards going to make an impact? Thanks matt.

Jung -- I'm not sure about who's leaning where, but Tierra Ruffin-Pratt is one to watch. There's another '08 addition to report as well -- I'm hoping to have something on her asap. Not sure about the redshirt frosh guards, but I think Rodgers' shooting will certainly be of use.

Bob- Weller took the terps to 2 final fours.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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