Maryland basketball kicks off its season against American on Nov. 11. Until then, we’re profiling every member of the team.
Kent Auslander, guard
Weight: 200 pounds
High school: Herndon High School (Va.)
Jersey No.: 32
How Auslander got to College Park
Auslander’s actually a junior at Maryland, but he’s only listed as a sophomore on the roster because this is only his second year on the team. He didn’t join the team during his first year at school because he was waiting on a scholarship offer from Mount St. Mary’s that never came. He’s following in the footsteps of his brother John, now an assistant coach, who was a walk-on at Maryland from 2010-2014.
As a walk-on, Auslander’s role at Maryland is obviously different than most of the other players we’re previewing. His role is still an important one, as he helps shape the scholarship players during practice. But he’s not going to play very many minutes. Like fellow walk-on Travis Valmon, he’ll probably only see the court during the final minutes of blowout wins.
Obviously Auslander’s dream would be to make an impact we on the outside can all see, but the reality is that his role will come almost entirely during practice. He can still hope to make some highlights during one of the team’s blowout victories early in the season, though.
This guy came to the Terps during the middle of the 2014-15 season.
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