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Pe'Shon Howard ready to return for Maryland

Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:01 pm

Jeff Borzello

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Maryland’s Terrell Stoglin has been one of the most productive scorers in the country this season, but he’s had to shoulder much of the load himself. Help is on the way, though.

Sophomore guard Pe’shon Howard told on Saturday that he will return December 23. He has missed the entire season thus far due to a foot injury.

“We’re going to add a little more each game,” Howard said at the National High School Hoops Festival, where he was supporting Oak Hill Academy. “The 23rd, that’s four games until NC State, so I should be back at 100 percent with no hesitation.”

There was a chance Maryland was going to bring him back for next Wednesday’s game against Florida International, but he wouldn’t have been able to play much anyway. By having him return two weeks before ACC play, the Terrapins will be able to ease him back so he’s comfortable when conference competition kicks off.

Originally, the fear was that Howard would be out two or three months with a broken foot, similar to Duke’s Kyrie Irving last season. However, it’s clear Irving’s injury was more severe. Howard is already wearing sneakers on both feet and isn’t showing any sign of an injury.

“We went to a few different doctors, was in a boot for about a week or so,” Howard said. “They said it’s a feel process.”

Howard has already been practicing, getting involved in a few possessions here and there, and also going full-speed in drills. He’s also in the process of getting back in shape, running on the treadmill to get his stamina and his cardio back. He hasn’t had any live contact yet though.

“All along, we were taking it slow because if I reinjure it, it’s a 12-week injury,” Howard said. “I’m going to test it out. Everyone’s on the same page.”

Howard has been wearing orthotics in his shoes, which eases the pressure on his feet. As a result, he said he has felt no discomfort in recent days.

Maryland is 5-3 right now, coming off a very tight win against Mount St. Mary’s earlier in the week. Head coach Mark Turgeon has some pieces, but Howard’s return – and Alex Len completing his suspension – will provide a considerable boost.

“I think the team can use me, for sure,” Howard said. “But I think they’re doing fine, they took big steps against Illinois and Notre Dame. They’ve grown up a lot; Nick Faust has learned to play point guard. It’s a good adjustment for the team. It could be a blessing in disguise.”

Howard isn’t worried about rushing back to the court too soon; he’s ready to contribute.

“You can’t hold back,” he said.

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