Maryland junior Pe’Shon Howard has been reinstated, coach Mark Turgeon said today on the ACC teleconference. Howard, a 6-3 guard, missed Saturday’s win over No. 2 Duke and was not on the bench. Maryland (18-7, 6-6) plays at Boston College (11-14, 3-9) on Tuesday night.
“Pe’Shon was put back on the team [Sunday] night,” Turgeon said. “He’s been punished, We’ll welcome him back with open arms and hopefully he’s learned from his mistakes and hopefully other players have learned from his mistakes.”
The suspension was due to an unspecified off-court matter. He was arrested for disorderly conduct last April outside a College Park restaurant. When the punishment was levied, Turgeon hinted it could last more than one game.
Before his suspension, Howard had played well. In 27 minutes combined against Virginia Tech and Virginia, Howard hit 3 of 5 shots, including his lone 3-point attempt, scored seven points, had four assists, a steal, and one turnover.
“We need Pe’Shon,” Turgeon said. “We need a mature, confident Pe’Shon moving forward for us to finish strong here.”
After the Duke game, Turgeon revealed that Howard and senior James Padgett had been stripped of their captain duties. Padgett hit all three of his shots Saturday night, scoring eight points and grabbing three rebounds in 13 minutes.
“James is a mature kid. He’s handled it the right way,” Turgeon said. “He knows he still has a responsibility within the locker room when I’m not around, or in the dorm rooms, to make sure these young guys are doing what’s right.”