Coming into the 2015-16 season, the Maryland Terrapins can be found in the top five spots of virtually every single college basketball poll or rankings list. With their returning talent, incoming transfers and freshmen, and the depth of their team, Mark Turgeon and the Terrapins are considered a top contender for the NCAA Championship.
If there was one spot in the starting lineup that was the most competitive, it would be the shooting guard spot. Incoming Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon and sophomore guard Dion Wiley were expected to share time at the 2-spot in the back court, alongside Melo Trimble.
On Saturday, however, Maryland’s depth took a bit of a hit and the shooting guard position became the possession of Sulaimon for the time being.
Wiley will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
As a freshman in 2014-15, the 6’4” Wiley averaged 4.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in just over 13 minutes of floor time per contest. He was expected to battle with Sulaimon for the starting shooting guard spot.
Wiley sustained the injury on Thursday in practice. The timeline for Wiley’s return to the court won’t be fully known until after the surgery is completed, but injuries similar to his take roughly 6-to-8 weeks to fully heal.
The loss of Wiley will impact the team’s depth chart moving forwards. Rasheed Sulaimon will likely assume starting shooting guard duties, lining up beside Melo Trimble in the back court.
The Terrapins also return the likes of Jared Nickens and Jake Layman from last year’s team. Add in the highly-touted freshman Diamond Stone and Georgia Tech-transfer Robert Carter, and it’s easy to see why the Maryland Terrapins are so highly regarded heading into the upcoming season.
Maryland opens up the 2015-16 campaign on Friday, November 13th at home against the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers.