Maryland basketball has suffered a major setback less than three weeks before its season opener, with sophomore guard Pe’Shon Howard suffering a broken left foot that’s expected to sideline him for 10 to 12 weeks.
It was unclear when or where the injury occurred, but Maryland officials confirmed it in a statement issued Thursday morning.
“I feel bad for Pe’Shon,” first-year coach Mark Turgeon said in the statement. “He worked so hard and had a great summer and early fall. He’s been practicing and playing well for us. Hopefully, we’ll get a lot better by the time Pe’Shon joins the team later this year.”
According to the statement, the break was to a small bone in Howard’s left foot.
If out for 12 weeks, Howard would return the week of Maryland’s Jan. 25 game against Duke. At that point, he would have missed the first four ACC games of the season.
A 6-foot-3 guard from Los Angeles, Howard averaged 5.4 points and 3.2 assists last season as a freshman. He played in all 33 of Maryland’s games last season and was preparing to shoulder the Terrapins’ point guard duties this season, which gets under way Nov. 13 at Comcast Center against UNC Wilmington.
Howard made 23 three-pointers last season, second among Maryland’s returning players to Terrell Stoglin (33).
It’s the latest loss for an already thin roster. Maryland lost its leading scorer and rebounder, Jordan Williams, to the NBA draft last spring. After Coach Gary Williams resigned soon after, two of three recruits sought and were granted their release. And in August, versatile guard Hauk Palsson of Iceland announced he planned to turn pro overseas rather than return for his sophomore year.
That leaves the Terrapins with seven scholarship players and six walk-ons, with 7-1 Ukrainian center Alex Len still awaiting word from the NCAA regarding his eligibility.