CSN Final Exam: Should Jonathan Graham get more minutes?

CSN Final Exam: Should Jonathan Graham get more minutes?
December 18, 2013, 1:30 pm
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As Maryland players take a week to complete their final exams, CSN is building its own final exam to evaluate the season so far, including the ups, the downs, and what might be ahead. It will be 10 questions, two each day from Monday to Friday. Think you can ace it?

Question 5: Evaluate this statement: Transfer Jonathan Graham should be getting more minutes.

a) True

b) False

CSN’s Answer: a) True

This is the one on the test that was so easy that you wanted to make sure you read it right before answering.

Of course Graham should be getting more minutes. He brings an intensity and a tenacity in the time he has on the floor that is unique and unlike any other frontcourt player Maryland has. His five points, five rebounds, and three blocks against George Washington got him rolling and he has been solid in the two games since.

Not only is it the energy that Graham brings that will earn him more minutes. He brings a different look. Maryland’s front court is not built to combat length. Shaquille Cleare and Charles Mitchell are both below-the-rim space eaters. Evan Smotrycz is much more of an offensive threat than a defensive asset.

So it has been Graham who will willingly step in and push back against length and athleticism in the post. He has long arms and is fundamentally sound boxing out, rebounding, and closing a possession.

Graham is still limited offensively, but there are some shifts going on in Maryland’s offense, as we saw against Florida Atlantic. Cleare scored ten points essentially by standing with his hands up in a position to score and grabbing dishes for easy baskets at the rim.

Plug Graham into that role and he could do that same thing. He won’t be playing 25-30 minutes per game. Let’s still be realistic. But so far he is averaging 8.8 minutes per game. If he continues to play hard, he could give Maryland a solid 15 a night.

Miss the other questions on the exam? Catch up below:

Question 1: Who is Maryland's midseason MVP?

Question 2: Who should be the starting PG once Allen returns?

Question 3: What should Nick Faust’s role be?

Question 4: Should Charles Mitchell start?

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