Freshman guard Seth Allen broke a bone in his shooting hand and is out for what remains of Maryland’s season, coach Mark Turgeon said today.
Allen sustained the injury reaching to make a play in practice Sunday. He will see a specialist when Maryland returns from Tuesday night's NIT quarterfinals game at Alabama, and is expected back next season.
Allen has been through long recovery periods before.
A bicycle accident in 2007 left him with two plates and 24 screws to stabilize his left elbow. He also broke his left (shooting) hand as a high school senior.
“Seth’s a tough kid and he stays positive, so I think that rubbed off on us,” junior guard Pe’Shon Howard said.
Allen has been an important part of Maryland’s small lineups. The Terps put five guards on the floor in their NIT win over Denver last Thursday.
“It’s a big blow to us because of the way he’s been playing,” Turgeon said. “The thing where it hurts us is we’ve been playing a small lineup a lot. We can still play a small lineup but maybe not as much. Guys like Padge (James Padgett), Charles (Mitchell) and Shaq (Cleare) will probably get those minutes.”
Allen eats and writes with his right hand and kicks a soccer ball right-footed. But he shoots a basketball with his left hand.
Allen averaged 7.8 points this season and scored in double figures 13 times.
Maryland is trying to advance to the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden.