Maryland guard Seth Allen has elected to forgo surgery on the fractured bone in his left hand, his mother Deborah said Wednesday.
Allen suffered the injury during practice in late March before the Terrapins won their NIT quarterfinals game at Alabama. He swiped for a steal near midcourt against teammate Nick Faust, reached in and got his shooting hand caught.
Allen, who missed the rest of the season, is currently wearing a hard cast and has been seeing two hand specialists. The doctors have said his recovery time without surgery will be between four to six weeks. That timetable can fluctuate, though Deborah Allen said it is significantly less than if Allen had been operated upon.
With Pe’Shon Howard transferring home to California, closer to his sick grandmother, the Terps enter the summer with Allen as their top point guard option, once he fully heals. Incoming recruit Roddy Peters is expected to be treated as the backup.
Before going down, Allen was Maryland’s third-leading scorer (10.8 points per game) through five postseason games. If anything, Allen should know the demands of rehabilitation well. He broke his hand during his senior season in high school.
UPDATE: A team spokesman confirmed the decision.