The University of Maryland announced today that starting guard Pe’Shon Howard has broken a small bone in his left foot and will miss up 10 to 12 weeks. Howard was projected to be a starter this season after averaging 5.4 points and 3.2 assists last season as a Freshman.
The Howard injury is devastating. There is no denying this. Howard was one of the key returning players, along with fellow sophomore Guard Terrell Stoglin. The backcourt was the strength of the team, and while the injury to Howard stings, the backcourt is still very talented.
The injury does allow coach Mark Turgeon to insert true freshman Guard Nick Faust into the starting lineup immediately. Faust, a consensus top-50 recruit, was expected to play a significant role regardless of the injury, but now steps into the spotlight. Turgeon has been raving about Faust’s defense and thinks he will be one of the ACC’s best defenders this year.
The injury leaves the Terps with 7 healthy scholarship players, and an 8th who is yet to be eligible. Ukranian Center Alex Len has yet to hear back from the NCAA Clearinghouse about his eligibility as the last two dates, as recently as Tuesday, have come and gone with no answer.
As if that wasn’t enough bad news, the #2 recruit in the country PF Mitch McGary, announced via his blog on ESPN, that the Terps were no longer on his list.
“I love Maryland, but I just don’t think that it’s the best fit for me and I’m still looking at North Carolina, but, like I said, I don’t really know what’s going on with their scholarship situation after their latest commitments.”
The loss of McGary isn’t unexpected, but it is disappointing.