Terps Commit Ready To Get On The Court

2010 Terps commit Ashton Pankey spent his senior year recovering from an injured leg.

2010 Maryland basketball recruit Ashton Pankey lost most of his senior season to a stress fracture in his leg. He has been on the mend for the past few months hoping to be fully healed by the time he heads to College Park in the fall. Pankey recently received good news about his leg.

“The doctors told me I can play and I don’t have to rehab anymore. It’s just about getting in shape and getting my leg stronger so there won’t 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 wasn’t 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 I’m in the middle. It’s just the pain it’s the only difference. During the summer I’ll 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. I’m leaving soon so I can get an extra month to get in shape so I’ll 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 didn’t 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. “Pe’Shon and I are going down next month, and everyone else is coming down in August. I think there will definitely be chemistry. We’ll 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.

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