Maryland sophomore shooting guard Dion Wiley will miss four months with a torn right meniscus, the program announced Tuesday. A Maryland spokesman confirmed Wiley is expected to miss the season.
Wiley had his meniscus repaired, which carries a longer rehabilitation period than a removal – typically three to six months, though that can vary. Wiley's estimated recovery range falls right into the standard range. A four-month timetable leaves theoretical room for Wiley to return late in the year, but that's not the team's expectation.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said he had expected to start Wiley at shooting guard.
"I am really disappointed for Dion because he worked so hard in the offseason and was playing at a very high level," Turgeon said. "This is a big loss for our team as Dion was expected to be our starting shooting guard. Our doctors were encouraged about the surgery and we know that Dion will work tirelessly to return to the court."
The Terrapins have the depth to be fine without Wiley, as sophomore Jared Nickens and senior Rasheed Sulaimon play the same position. But Wiley's absence is a real blow to Maryland's backcourt depth, especially if anyone else has injury problems during the season. It's also a shame for Wiley's development, which now skips a season.
As a freshman, Wiley averaged 4.1 points in 13.5 minutes per game. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining before the start of the 2016-17 season.
The Washington Post's Roman Stubbs and Baltimore Sun's Don Markus first reported the news.