Midnight Madness returns to Cole Field House
COLLEGE PARK--Maryland sophomore point guard Seth Allen has played more minutes in his first two games back from injury than head coach Mark Turgeon had expected, 21 against Tulsa and 20 more against North Carolina Central.
Soreness in the healed foot, as expected, followed but Turgeon jokingly said on Friday that he suspects there’s something else to it.
“I think he’s working for an Emmy, too, or an Oscar or something, also,” he laughed. “We’ll see.”
Allen is now nine weeks removed from surgery to repair a broken in his left foot, having been cleared by doctors last week to practice and participate in games. Turgeon estimates that Allen is currently about 75 percent healthy and thus admits he’s “nowhere near” 100 percent.
The sophomore did not practice on Thursday and practiced for half of Friday’s session as Maryland prepares for Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon.
“We’re also just trying to make sure he’s healthy on game day,” Turgeon said. “I’m hoping at some point the foot pain goes away. It’s not the bone. It’s all the stuff around it, the muscles and tendons and things like that.”
Just because he is cleared doesn’t mean the rehab part of his recovery is over for Allen. The original timetable for his return was 8-10 weeks, meaning he is right in the middle of that period.
He continues to run on the treadmill and do resistance weight training in the gym as he works back toward full health. Turgeon said that offensively Allen is further along than on the opposite end of the floor, something that the Virginia native echoed.
“I would say that like shooting, just spot-up shooting I’m fine,” he said. “It’s just when it comes to like defense and cutting and running, that’s where it’s limited so that’s where I’m trying to get back healthier.”
Freshman Roddy Peters will likely start again at point guard on Saturday vs. Georgia Tech with Allen coming off the bench while he continues his recovery. Allen exploded for 15 points in his debut against Tulsa and had a quieter six points and four assists in a win over NC Central.
“I think when the time comes, I’ll know,” Allen said. “But I also remember what it feels like and I’ll know, I’ll know when I’m back 100 [percent]. Like I’ll know like when I do certain ... movements and stuff that I can do, I’ll pretty much know for the most part when I’m 100.”
Turgeon said on Friday that he expects Allen to play close to 15 minutes, but he could play more or less depending on his performance and level of comfortability.
Tip-off between Maryland and Georgia Tech is at 2 p.m. at Comcast Center.