Pe’Shon Howard will take another step in his recovery from the knee injury that ended his 2011-12 season when he begins competing at full speed during practice scrimmages later this week.
Coach Mark Turgeon said Tuesday that he expects the point guard, who averaged 6.5 points in 14 games before tearing his right ACL in February, to give it a shot during portions of Maryland’s one-hour practices Thursday and Friday.
“He looks great,” Turgeon said. “He really does. I anticipate him being in great shape and at full speed when practice starts.”
Until now, Howard had been involved in every drill except when the Terps held live intrasquad work during the last 15 minutes of their one-hour sessions.
Once Howard is back, his time will be limited, Turgeon said. If Maryland scrimmages for 30 minutes, for instance, Howard could only see the floor for about half of that.
“I’m sure if a doctor wasn’t around he’d go full speed,” Turgeon said, adding that Howard is “pain-free, jumping and ready to go.”
Turgeon told reporters in early September that the goal was to have Howard practicing at full speed by Maryland Madness on Oct. 12, a timetable the junior is expected to meet.
More Terps basketball notes after the jump.
Cassell Jr. enrolls in Florida junior college
Former Terps recruit Sam Cassell Jr., who was ruled ineligible earlier this month after the NCAA denied a final appeal, has signed with Chipola Junior College in Florida, according to multiple reports.
The NCAA informed Maryland that core classes offered by Cassell’s prep school, Notre Dame Prep, were under investigation. He was deemed a “non-qualifier” by the NCAA and had a waiver and subsequent appeal both denied.
Because Cassell did not enroll in classes at Maryland, he could still return to College Park — or any other ACC school, for that matter — after he receives his junior college degree, although nothing is set in stone at this point.
Beat writers spoke with center Alex Len for the first time Tuesday and discussed his transition to American life, growth in his game and the language barrier since he arrived from Ukraine. More to come on Terps Insider, but highlights include a penchant for Boston Market, his fondness for the word “grind” and a background in gymnastics.
●Junior John Auslander has been put back on scholarship after Cassell’s departure, bumping the Terrapins back up to 13.
●Player introductions for the men’s basketball team during Maryland Madness will begin at 7:45 p.m. The event is scheduled to start at 7 p.m., and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.