Jordan Williams’ decision to leave Maryland for the NBA after his sophomore season left Maryland with a gaping hole in its frontcourt.
On Tuesday, a potential remedy for the Terps’ most glaring need—former Kansas State forward Wally Judge—decided to take his talents to Rutgers instead of College Park, according to a source close to the player, before giving Maryland’s incoming coach, Mark Turgeon, a chance to recruit him.
Judge, a 6-9 former McDonald’s All American from Landover, had narrowed his choices to Maryland, Rutgers and Washington. He visited College Park and met with Coach Gary Williams on May 1 to discuss transferring. Four days later, Williams announced his retirement.
Judge is familiar with Rutgers’ associate head coach David Cox, who was a coach with the Washington AAU team, D.C. Assault, before joining the staff of John Thompson III at Georgetown. Cox left Georgetown in May 2010 to take the No. 2 job at Rutgers under Mike Rice.
Under the NCAA’s transfer rules, Judge must sit out next season before becoming eligible to compete for the Scarlet Knights.
Judge’s sophomore season at Kansas State was marked by inconsistency. Before quitting the team in late January, he averaged 5.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 15 minutes. That said, his physical presence alone would have helped Maryland.
Jordan Williams and his frontcourt mate, senior forward Dino Gregory, were the only Terps to start all 33 games last season. Together, they accounted for 33.8 percent of the Terps’ scoring and 45 percent of the team’s rebounding.
With Gregory graduating and Williams heading to the NBA, Turgeon’s frontcourt could use more height and heft. It consists of Berend Weijs, a 6-10, 200 pound center; rising sophomore Hauk Palsson, 6-6, who started three games at forward; and forwards James Padgett, a rising junior, and Mychal Parker, a rising sophomore, who averaged 8.7 and 6.2 minutes per game, respectively.