Sidelined much of last season by foot and knee injuries, Maryland’s presumptive starting point guard Pe’Shon Howard isn’t sure if he’ll be sufficiently healed from his torn ACL to be in the lineup when the Terps take on NCAA champion Kentucky at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Nov. 9.
"If I don’t play, I’m really excited for our new guys," Howard said. "That’s a great way to come into college basketball, playing the defending national champions. But at the end of the day, it’s just the start of the season. It’s one game. I’ll be excited to be watching or playing, just to be in that environment. [...]
— First quote comes from the Post; second quote comes from Patrick Stevens at the Times. I'm assuming Pe' is just being cautious, based on previous timelines that had been bandied about, especially because it's often said that he should be ready by the time practice starts. But if he's not ... run Faust at point, with Cassell at the two? That'd be my plan. I don't like it long-term and SCJ should grow into a better point guard then Faust in time, but I'm not crazy about throwing him to the wolves against Kentucky in NYC. BTW: In the second piece, Turgeon holds his cards close to his vest regarding the point situation, saying each of Howard, Faust, Allen, and Cassell will see time running the show and off the ball. Be interesting to see how that develops.