Seth Allen was joking around with his Fredericksburg Christian teammates prior to Tuesday’s game at Middleburg Academy. Wearing a gray Maryland sweatshirt and cargo pants with a protective soft cast on his left hand. A few right-handed dunks in the layup line were the only shots he would get on this night.
Allen, a senior guard who has signed a letter-of-intent to play for the Terps, broke the fourth metacarpal in his left hand during a Dec. 26 workout. While he is scheduled to go back to the doctor for a checkup in a few weeks, it seems likely his season is over.
“It sucks, but I’ve got to help my team and motivate them,” said Allen, an explosive player who was averaging 21.3 points per game before the injury. “I’m more of a coach off the floor now.”
Allen said he runs six miles nightly on a treadmill at home and that he has been lifting weights with his legs, particularly squats, to try to improve his core strength.
“I wouldn’t say I’m used to [not playing] but I’m not as mad as when it first happened,” Allen said. “I’m thinking more about my career and my future rather than rushing.”
Allen plans to be in attendance Wednesday night when Maryland plays rival Duke and names the Comcast Center court after former coach Gary Williams.