The news came across the wire Monday that junior point guard Pe’Shon Howard will transfer for his senior year and will be returning home to his native state of California to be closer to his sick grandmother. Howard has not yet announced specifically what college he will be transferring to.
Howard had somewhat of an up-and-down junior season this past year. The point guard averaged 3.3 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.4 rebounds while playing just a shade under 23 minutes per game. His major role came in being the Terps’ premier perimeter defender, often coming off the bench to guard the opponent’s best guard. He did serve a one-game suspension and lose his captain status, but caught fire later in the year and played a role in Maryland’s deep NIT tournament run.
With Howard’s absence, Maryland will most likely have sophomore point guard Seth Allen take over the point position next year. Allen averaged 7.8 points as a freshman, tops on the team for his class. He is recovering from a hand injury, but Coach Turgeon and the team believe he can fill the gap next year as an effective scorer and distributor. The Terps also have Roddy Peters, a 2013 signee who is believed to be Allen’s back-up for next year. He too is recovering from an injury.
With Alex Len most likely leaving for the NBA draft and now Howard leaving as well, the Terps will look to regroup and use their NIT run as momentum going into next season.