Watch out world. Maryland now has three legitimate starters. We all knew that Vasquez and Hayes had what it takes to play at a high level. Until three games ago, junior forward Landon Milbourne had been a de facto starter due to seniority. He has since emerged as a go to scorer.
Milbourne had his second 20-point game in a row as the Terps put the hurt on over matched Delaware State on Friday. I know that having 20-point games against GW and Delaware State isn’t exactly like dropping the deuce on UNC and Duke, but he also had a solid game against Michigan with 12 pts and 3 rb. What is important here is that Milbourne is getting comfortable with one-on-one situations and being the first option coming down the floor.
Landon resembles another long-necked Terrapin, D.J. Strawberry, who ended-up having a pretty decent college career. Like Strawberry, Milbourne is the hardest working man on the team. After the Delaware State game Gary Williams said, “Right now, I really believe at this point in the season there is no player in better condition than Landon Milbourne, in terms of how hard he works. Landon can play 40 minutes if he had to.” That quote could have been a direct quote about Strawberry from his junior year. I’m beginning to think that, like Strawberry, Milbourne is coming out of his shell in his junior year, too.
Man, that last paragraph had some awesome allusions to turtles. College teams need three legitimate starters in order to have a good season and make the tournament. The best combination is a solid PG, a tweener/slasher, and a low-post threat. If Milbourne has come into his own and can be a consistent low post threat for the rest of the season, this team will be in good shape to get back to the tournament. He could also provide crucial continuity between this year and next year. So move over Hansbrough, Ellington, and Lawson. Milbourne got next.