Maryland will have its backcourt depth tested early this season, as the school announced on Saturday that backup sophomore guard Dion Wiley will undergo surgery this week to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
The school did not give a timetable for his return, and noted that the injury occurred in practice on Thursday.
“I’m so disappointed for Dion because he has made significant strides this offseason,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “Dion has matured, worked hard in the offseason and has really come on strong this fall. I know Dion will be determined to return from this setback and continue to be an integral part of our basketball program.”
Wiley averaged 4.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game last season in his freshman year. Prior to attending Maryland, he was considered a highly-rated four star shooting guard prospect.
For reference, the average amount of time missed for basketball players who tear their meniscus is approximately six weeks, according to a study done by the American Journal of Sports Medicine. That estimate would place Wiley out until the new year, meaning he would miss important out-of-conference games against Georgetown, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.
Wiley was expected the give the Terps a bit more depth in the backcourt this year behind guards Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon. Without him in the fold, look for the team to rely more on those two along with sharp-shooting wing Jared Nickens. Guard Jaylen Brantley could also see further playing time if Wiley misses significant time due to this injury.