The doctors told me I can play and I dont have to rehab anymore. Its just about getting in shape and getting my leg stronger so there wont be anymore pain. Right now I still have pain. Knowing I can play again is definitely a good feeling.
The stress fractured was caused by an extended amount of minutes early on the season that quickly took its toll. I played a lot of minutes, more than I expected, but my team really needed me. The pain wasnt that bad during the game since I wore my brace, but the pain after the game was really bad.
Pankey believes he has definitely worked his way closer to the condition he was in prior to the injury, but he is not quite there yet. I think Im in the middle. Its just the pain its the only difference. During the summer Ill be playing, doing a lot of lifting, and getting my leg stronger
Pankey also said that the Maryland staff believes the injury will not impact him at all in the up coming fall and winter. Coach is expecting me to play. Im leaving soon so I can get an extra month to get in shape so Ill be ready for when October, November roles around. As long as I work hard, hustle and worry about defense and I will get playing time and the offense will come.
As the summer has approached Ashton has got even more excited that he has the opportunity to play Division I basketball at the University of Maryland. Definitely, college is a big deal. It is the next chapter of my life. I didnt get to play a lot last season so I am definitely excited.
Ashton is not the only Terp commit heading to College Park early to get extra work in before school starts. PeShon and I are going down next month, and everyone else is coming down in August. I think there will definitely be chemistry. Well being playing together for the next four years
The chemistry formed with the other members of his class, plus the returning members, has created a family atmosphere that will hopefully translate onto the court and allow the Terps to return to NCAA tournament yet again this year.