On Badu: A walk-on member of the team who adds depth for a third straight season at the guard position … was added to the team following walk-on tryouts in fall 1998 ... enrolled at Maryland for the fall semester and was a student for the entire 1997-98 academic year but did not participate in intercollegiate athletics … begins his final year of eligibility.
Williams on Badu: "Earl plays a key role in practice. You don’t become a good team at the end of the year without working hard in practice every day and Earl [and Calvin McCall] both give us that. They were tough to play for the first team. They didn’t have their bad days where they didn’t feel like practicing. As long as they keep that attitude, they can really help us again this year."
2000-01: Played three minutes during his junior campaign, seeing action in home games against NC State on Feb. 20, and Virginia on March 3 … had an assist against the Wolfpack, and took the first shot attempt of his career during a 35-point rout of the Cavaliers.
1999-00: Played one minute of four different games as a sophomore, three during postseason play … had a rebound vs. Florida State in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals … also made brief appearances vs. Duke in the ACC title game, and against UCLA in the NCAA Tournament … saw regular season floor time at home against Georgia Tech.
1998-99: Did not see game action.
High School: Graduated from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, in 1997 … four-year varsity letterwinner at the point guard position … averaged a career-high 18 points and four rebounds per game as a junior … was an All-Baltimore County first-team selection and played in the Charm City Super 50 Tournament during the 1995-96 season … helped lead St. Frances to the Baltimore Catholic League championship with a 32-7 record during the 1996-97 season … St. Frances compiled a 113-23 record during his four years on the varsity … competed against current Terp Juan Dixon and was a teammate of Temple’s Mark Karcher in high school … played in the Baltimore Area Catholic League which is regarded as one of the top high school conferences in the nation … high school coach was William Wells.
Personal: Earl Nana Badu (pronounced buh-DOO) … born Feb. 22, 1979 … son of Afia and Yaw Badu … … pursuing a double-major in government and politics, and art studio … parents were both born in Ghana … his father, Yaw, moved to the United States to continue higher education … Yaw moved from New York to Baltimore, where Earl was born … has a brother who graduated from Michigan State, and a sister who is a sophomore at Penn State … majoring in graphic arts … member of the National Honor Society, Student Government Association and the principal’s advisory committee at St. Frances.
Badu’s Career Highs Category # Opponent/Date Points 0 FG 0 FGA 1 vs. Virginia, 3-3-01 3FG 0 3FGA 0 FT 0 FTA 0 Rebounds 1 vs. Florida State, 3-10-00 Assists 1 vs. NC State, 2-20-01 Blocks 0 Steals 0 Minutes 2 vs. Virginia, 3-3-01