As the Dez Wells saga prepares to take a four- to five-week hiatus while the Terps file a waiver claim for immediate eligibility with the NCAA, fans can bask in some unrelated, albeit still positive, news.


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Toward the end of his media teleconference dedicated to officially announcing Wells’s transfer to Maryland, Turgeon told reporters that Howard is “running, shooting, even jumping on his leg with a knee brace.”

A junior, Howard played at 205 pounds during the 2011-12 season, but has since dropped his weight to 189 and aims to be up to 195 by the start of this season. The goal for Howard is to begin practicing full-speed with the Terps on Oct. 12, Turgeon said. 

“Barring any setbacks,” Turgeon said, “I think we’re heading in that direction.”

With Howard working his way back to full strength, the Terps are looking at a strong, experienced backcourt, especially if the NCAA rules that Wells, a transfer from Xavier, is eligible to play this season.