Terps reserve John Auslander out for season with fractured tibia

Maryland junior forward John Auslander suffered a fractured left tibia this past week and will be out for the season after undergoing surgery, Coach Mark Turgeon announced Thursday. 

Auslander has played just 16 minutes this season, appearing in four games and averaging 1.3 points per game, but is most valuable as a locker room presence. An aspiring coach, Auslander is often seen standing during games, directing teammates from the sideline and barking out instructions. 

He was the 11th player off Turgeon’s deep bench, and started the second half against Monmouth when Maryland’s other post players weren’t “playing worth anything,” Turgeon said then. 

Auslander’s recovery period after surgery on his fractured tibia, commonly known as the shin bone, will be around 12 weeks, according to Turgeon. This leaves Maryland with Spencer Barks, Jacob Susskind and Conner Lipinski as the three players outside the typical rotation. Susskind and Lipinski are both guards. 

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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