Maryland men’s basketball senior Darryl Morsell will return to the court Thursday night against No. 5 Iowa despite being less than a week removed from a surgical procedure that repaired a fractured bone in his face.
The veteran guard sustained the injury late in the first half of the Terps’ New Year’s Eve loss to No. 10 Michigan at Xfinity Center. He sat out for the second half and underwent surgery the next day.
The team initially announced he would sit for one to two weeks, but the ever-motivated Morsell was cleared by medical staff and will play, face-masked, just six days removed from his operation.
The senior has been crucial to the Terps so far this season, stepping into much more of a leadership position than in previous years given the losses of Anthony Cowan and Jalen Smith. Along with being the staple of the team on the defensive end, Morsell is averaging 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
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