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Sidelined much of last season by foot and knee injuries, Maryland’s presumptive starting point...

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. [...] "I think Pe’Shon will be 100 percent when practice starts if he doesn’t do anything stupid like trying to come back too quickly," Turgeon said. "We’ll have a lot more options than we did last year."

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.

Turgeon said that Damonte Dodd, a 6-10 forward from Queen Anne's County High School, is headed to...

Turgeon said that Damonte Dodd, a 6-10 forward from Queen Anne's County High School, is headed to prep school. Dodd had committed to the Terps back in February but had not signed his letter of intent. Turgeon also said that walk-on Jonathan Thomas of Frederick has decided not to return for his senior year after playing with the team last season.

via the Sun Well then. The good news is that he'll get a lot of games against really good competition, which I do think will bring him along faster than just getting practice time in College Park. And give his standout performances over the past few days, he should be able to more or less walk into a starting lineup of an elite program. The bad news: he's still technically on the open market, then. He seems to like Maryland quite a bit, but Turgeon & Co. will have to keep tabs on that (which, in all honesty, is good practice anyway). Not a big deal and not worth worrying about, but enough to keep in mind. Two closing notes. First, where does Dodd go? I'd guess Notre Dame Prep, but he may prefer something closer to home (like New Hope, which is I believe in PG County, or one of the several in the Philadelphia area). Preferences/guesses welcome. Secondly, no Young Kobe or JT? Good lord. You're the man now, Lipinski.

"[The timetable is] around [fall]," Aaron Harrison Sr. told SNY.tv Thursday, confirming comments he...

"[The timetable is] around [fall]," Aaron Harrison Sr. told SNY.tv Thursday, confirming comments he made to the Kentucky Rivals site. "Their birthday is Oct. 28. They want to get it done before the high school season starts." The twins are down to four final schools, Maryland, Baylor, Kentucky and Villanova and Aaron Sr. said they would visit three or four of them this summer. "We’re going to visit Villanova and that’s going to be the first week of July," Aaron Sr. said. "And then Maryland will be that same week.

Via Zags First week of July. Circle it on your calendar. All of it. Paint a rock. Print posters. Make 'em feel the love. Thing is, I can't imagine the visits will mean too much to them. They usually don't to one-and-dones, especially in really controlled recruitments like this one. But hey, go all out. After all, you don't want to look back and feel you could've done more.

"[Aronhalt] has good mid-range game, he can shoot it out to three and he's physical, but I just...

"[Aronhalt] has good mid-range game, he can shoot it out to three and he's physical, but I just worry whether athletically he can compete at the highest level because of the injuries he has had," the coach said. "They've kind of taken away his athleticism. Maybe he can use angles and use his body to get to the rim, but it's not going to be above-the-rim type stuff. It's going to be old-school using his craftiness to finish at the rim. "Now I think, the intangible stuff, he brings to the table. He provides leadership. He's going to be a kid who works hard day-in, day-out. He's a good student. He's a winner. That's probably his biggest asset."

Via The Dagger, an opposing, nameless America East coach gives a scouting report on Logan Aronhalt More or less what we expected, then. Smart, leader, experienced, and hey, maybe he can add a little bit as a shooter. Not like anyone else was going to take up the scholarship.

Forty percent of students who play men's Division I basketball transfer before they are juniors --...

Forty percent of students who play men's Division I basketball transfer before they are juniors -- that's more than 400 a year, the highest rate of any sport, according to National Association of Basketball Coaches executive director Jim Haney.

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/7942963/ncaa-transfer-restrictions-easily-lifted This surprised me....

Well, it will be a long trip out west but congrats to Coach Watten for making the NCAA Softball...

Well, it will be a long trip out west but congrats to Coach Watten for making the NCAA Softball Tourney for the third consecutive year! Here's a link: http://www.umterps.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/051312aab.html

Steve Blake goes off for the Lakers In game 7!!!!Career high post season 19 points with 5-6 from...

Steve Blake goes off for the Lakers In game 7!!!!Career high post season 19 points with 5-6 from behind the arc. Love to hear Charles Barkley calling him "awesome" and "Derek Fisher like."

The next critical Jenga piece is Notre Dame, which would definitely leave if the basketball...

The next critical Jenga piece is Notre Dame, which would definitely leave if the basketball universities left — and could possibly leave even if they don’t. The A.C.C. is the most likely destination. The Irish’s television contract with NBC, currently under negotiation, will go a long way in determining their future — as will how they fare as a stakeholder in the new college football playoff. That appears to be safe and stable for now. If Notre Dame leaves for the A.C.C., its only realistic destination, the A.C.C. will take Connecticut or Rutgers to make it a 16-team league. And that would send all the Big East blocks tumbling.

Via Pete Thamel in the NYT Here we go again, then. Thamel is good enough for me to believe what he's telling me, even though I'd feel better with a "sources say" somewhere in there. But I'm afraid I don't completely understand: is Notre Dame going to try to retain independence (hence the discussion of their TV deal and the playoff) and join the ACC only if they fail? Or is the ACC even more likely than an attempt at independence? My feelings on conference realignment are well known - B1G! - but I've also long said that if ND joins the ACC, that's a game-changer for me. That's a lot of money and a lot of highly-competitive programs, plus the prestige ND brings. Sure, they're a horrible geographic and cultural fit, but since when did that matter in this Game of Conferences? Throw in Pitt, Cuse, and, say, UConn, and we get a very attractive and well-balanced set of schools, even if they're a bit unwieldy. And hopefully it'll be a death knell to Tobacco Road centrism.

Howard was issued a citation, but was not held this morning. He was seen "taunting" an individual...

Howard was issued a citation, but was not held this morning. He was seen "taunting" an individual outside of Shanghai Café on Route 1, Limansky said. Howard will appear in court whenever a date is set and, if convicted, the incident will go on his record, Limansky added. Limansky said police responded to a fight outside of Shanghai, but did not know whether Howard was involved in the fight. In front of a crowd of more than 30 patrons, Howard allegedly began taunting the aggressor involved in the fight, Limansky said. Officers reportedly asked Howard to step back and to stop instigating, but Howard continued what he was doing, Limansky said. "They thought that I was instigating," Howard said in a phone interview. "But people around me said I wasn't." Howard was released early this morning. There was no indication that the incident involved alcohol, Limansky said.

From the Diamondback, it appears Pe'Shon Howard was arrested last night outside of Shanghai Cafe on Route One. It's not good, but it doesn't look especially bad, either.

Just had lunch in bmore, excited about all the things happening next year: new locker room, new...

Just had lunch in bmore, excited about all the things happening next year: new locker room, new jerseys (we going to have a lot of them) and new court

Pe'Shon Howard on Twitter; this is the translated version, for those who aren't fluent in Twitterian Sounds like MVPe' made a trip up to Baltimore - Under Armour HQ, you would think - and got a sneak peek at the significant innovations in the pipe for next year, including a new locker room, a new court design (to confirm earlier rumors), and of course a bunch of new jerseys. Now accepting Maryland Pride Basketball Edition mock-ups. Go.
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