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Gary Williams Retires: Maryland Coach Struggled To Recruit Local Stars

The Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area has become one of the top producers of NBA talent in the past decade, joining Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle in the largely post-New York City hoop hierarchy. Players like Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Rudy Gay, Roy Hibbert, Donte Greene, Jeff Green, Ty Lawson and Michael Beasley came up in the D.C./Maryland area. But they have one thing in common: none of them went to Maryland.

One of the biggest knocks on Gary Williams, who retired abruptly on Thursday after 22 years in charged of the Terrapins, is that under his leadership, Maryland struggled to recruit locally. That's a problem for plenty of major conference programs, but given the quality of D.C. and Baltimore talent of late, it's been a neon problem.

Williams did earn the recruitment of Baltimore's Nick Faust, and the coach's departure will lead the four-star class of 2011 guard to re-open his recruitment. Class of 2012 wing Justin Anderson, who attends Durant's old high school in northern Virginia, has also committed to Maryland. Whether those pick-ups would have led to a local recruiting renaissance for Williams will never be known.