One of the strengths of the Terps hoops team coming into the season was going to be their backcourt with Pe’Shon Howard teaming with Terrell Stoglin. However, during practice Howard broke his left foot which will keep him out 10-12 weeks. It is a serious blow to the team during this transitional year in College Park for the Terps. Coach Turgeon said, “I feel bad for Pe’Shon. 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.”
Although it is a bad break, it does open the door for opportunity for someone to step up. The Terps still have Sean Mosley and Stoglin with experience, but with the injury, it will give Baltimore native Nick Faust an opportunity to shine. Stoglin and Faust teaming up in the backcourt will make for some electric offensive firepower which is exciting. However, if that is the backcourt, Stoglin would play the point and he is more of a score first guard compared to Howard. This could bog down the offense flow of the team as a whole. It could have the complete 180 effect as well as it may improve Stoglin even more and allow him the opportunity to show off his distributing skills. Another solution could be to give some of the other freshmen on the team some run to see if the offensive flow of the team improves.
Coach Turgeon will have his hands full with dealing with the injury of one of the team’s leaders. Hopefully, the short term loss with Howard’s injury will not outweigh the future gains for both this year and future years.