Monday, September 29, 2008
Lincoln's James Padgett committs to University of Maryland
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Lincoln forward James Padgett verbally committed Friday to play basketball for the University of Maryland. The 6-8 power forward chose the Terrapins because they offered playing time right away and because of the success coach Gary Williams has had developing players like him for the NBA.
"Coach Williams has a real good track record with power forwards like me," Padgett said. "The ACC is one of the best conferences in the country and I will improve playing against that competition."
Padgett, who transferred to Lincoln from Xaverian, said he chose Maryland over the University of Pittsburgh. He said the Panthers were not able to offer him as much playing time because they had just signed two players at his position.
"Playing time was the most important, because he's a young player who hasn't really played a lot of competitive basketball, so he wanted a chance to play right away," said Lincoln coach Dwayne (Tiny) Morton. "He is very young, he just turned 17 and he really just started playing high-level, competitive basketball year-round last year.
"He has a he upside and he will do well, because Gary Williams is a great coach."
Last season, Padgett averaged nine points and nine rebounds in PSAL play as he helped the Railsplitters to the city championship. He said that he is on track to graduate and just needs to take the SAT for NCAA freshman eligibility.
"I am excited, I am happy to make the decision and get ready for the season," Padgett said. "I have a lot I want to work on. I need to add 15 pounds of muscle and work on my face-up game."