Buck Williams being selected third in this year's National basketball association draft should be viewed as another achievement for Maryland Coach Lefty Driesell. According to the "experts," Buck was not one of the top 10 players of his school class. To many he was not even one of the top 10 forwards. After three years at Maryland he was chosen as the third-best college player in the draft. Buck is a hard worker with great tools and an excellent attitude. He improved every year at Maryland in all recorded statistical categories (scoring, free throw shooting, field goal percentage, rebounding, blocked shots, etc.). Lefty deserves much credit for his continuous improvement and for his national exposure.
As the local college basketball focus shifts from College Park to Georgetown, keep in mind that over the last decade, Lefty has: 1) accumulated a 217-77 record, which is among the top five in the country; 2) had seven teams ranked in the final AP and UPI top 20; 3) sent to the pros seven first-round picks and 4) accumulated 11 student-athletes for the coming season who are representative of their university.
This year, according to experts, John Thompson has recruited three of the top 10 high school players in the nation. As local fans and the media flock to his team, let's see if he will be able to match Lefty in these categories.