September 15, 2019

Maryland Basketball: Terps lose SG Dion Wiley for the season after surgery to repair torn meniscus

(Photo by: Sammi Silber/ Testudo Times)

(Photo by: Sammi Silber/ Testudo Times)

Last Thursday, sophomore shooting guard Dion Wiley hurt himself in practice and had to sit out of Friday’s exhibition against Southern New Hampshire University. Turgeon announced that Wiley would be having surgery on his torn meniscus this week. That surgery happened today in Baltimore. WIley will still have three years of eligibility after this season.

The Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus reported that Wiley had his torn meniscus repaired and not removed. Removal would have meant a shorter recovery time of approximately six weeks, but leaves the risk for faster knee degradation because of the possibilities of bones rubbing on each other. Repair is somewhat less common in basketball, but will likely do Wiley better in the long-term.

CSN’s Chick Hernandez reports that Wiley is sidelined for four months starting today. In exactly four months, the Big Ten Tournament starts in Indianapolis. That being said, the University of Maryland announced that he is not expected to return to the court this season.

Head coach Mark Turgeon had the following to say about his #2 recruit from last year:

“I am really disappointed for Dion because he worked so hard in the offseason and was playing at a very high level. This is a big loss for our team as Dion was expected to be our starting shooting guard. Our doctors were encouraged about the surgery and we know that Dion will work tirelessly to return to the court.”

Wiley was projected to be a mainstay at shooting guard with Duke transfer Rasheed Sulaimon, but Turgeon will now have to reshuffle his depth to figure out a more steady rotation before Friday’s opener against Mount St. Mary’s. Even more importantly, Turgeon will have to have his lineup perfected before a tough test against the Georgetown Hoyas in exactly a week.

Right now this means increased minutes of Jaylen Brantley and Jared Nickens off the bench. Brantley will hold down the fort at backup point guard in possible an expanded role if preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Melo Trimble is asked to play spot minutes at shooting guard.

For Jared Nickens, who was seen as playing most of his minutes off the bench at small forward behind Jake Layman, he is now going to be pushed back into his role as a shooting guard that he was in last year when Dez Wells manned the 3-spot.

Sulaimon was likely to log some minutes as the backup point guard after Turgeon called the former Blue Devil the best passer on the team after last Friday’s exhibition. Now he will have to log most of his minutes at the 2-guard position.

Projected Minutes Rotations:

  • PG: Melo Trimble (25), Jaylen Brantley (15)
  • SG: Rasheed Sulaimon (25), Jared Nickens (10), Melo Trimble (5)
  • SF: Jake Layman (30), Jared Nickens (10)

Expect a lot more tinkering with the lineup in Friday’s opener against Mount St. Mary’s as Turgeon looks for a lineup that will be just enough to get past the Hoyas next week.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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