The Washington Times - December 27, 2011, 01:05PM

The second part of the Maryland basketball program’s holiday additions occurs Wednesday when forward Alex Len becomes eligible.

That comes just five days after Pe’Shon Howard returned from a broken foot.


Extra players – especially talented ones – mean a shakeup in playing time in inevitable.

It’s already happening in the backcourt, where Howard is expected to make his first start of the season when Albany pays a visit to Comcast Center.

“I’m 99 percent sure that I’m going to start Pe’Shon at this point,” coach Mark Turgeon said Tuesday.

And who slides out of the starting five?

“I don’t know,” Turgeon said. “A lot of it’s going to depend on today’s practice, because that’s how up and down we are.”

There’s no faulting Turgeon for his honesty as the Terps seek their fifth consecutive win.

Len is perhaps the more interesting variable, simply because there isn’t much of a frame of reference. Those who watched Maryland last year knew what Howard could do when healthy, and on Friday he looked a lot like the player who was a valuable reserve throughout his freshman season.

As for Len? He’s more of mystery – though it would appear plenty will be learned about him in the next three games as Maryland (7-3) wraps up its home nonconference schedule.

“No limits on his minutes,” Turgeon said of Len’s status for Wednesday. “I think eventually he’s got a great shot of being a starter for us.”

Patrick Stevens