Maryland forward Ashton Pankey is expected to resume basketball activities within six weeks, coach Gary Williams said.
Pankey played in only one game as a freshman, appearing for three minutes at the end of the Terrapins’ season-opening rout of Seattle. Pankey underwent leg surgery in the middle of the season and will take a medical hardship for the season.
Pankey also missed his senior year of high school with a stress fracture in his left leg.
“They finally put a rod in his leg to strength in,” Williams said. “He’s got four-to-six weeks. He can start jogging in a straight line now. He’s got to four-to-six they think —- six weeks max —- where he’ll get the green light to be a basketball player. He’s really looking forward to that.”
Pankey could factor into Maryland’s frontcourt situation next season with Dino Gregory graduating and Jordan Williams weighing a decision to remain in the NBA Draft. None of the frontcourt holdovers —- James Padgett, Hauk Palsson or Berend Weijs —- averaged more than 3.3 points or 10.1 minutes last season.
“He’s a strong guy,” Gary Williams said. “He’s one of those people at 6-6, 6-7 goes after the ball.”
—- Patrick Stevens