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COLLEGE PARK -- After sophomore guard Dion Wiley underwent what is likely season-ending knee surgery this week, he was visited in the hospital by senior guard Rasheed Sulaimon and head coach Mark Turgeon.
Though the rotation for the No. 3 Terrapins will be changed immediately because of his injury, the focus was not on basketball in that moment.
“I just told him to keep his head up,” Sulaimon recounted to the media on Thursday before the team opens its season Friday vs. Mount St. Mary’s.
“I just told him that everything happens for a reason. Everybody goes through their trials and tribulations, but it’s all for a purpose. It’s an unfortunate injury, but good thing they can repair it and his future is still bright.”
Wiley, who Turgeon says was expected to start this season, will likely receive a medical redshirt by sitting out the entire 2015-16 season, giving him three years of eligibility still to use in College Park.
Considering his upward trajectory, those could be three years of starting at the shooting guard spot.
His injury seems to have a sobering effect for Maryland in the short term, felt not only from Sulaimon but from junior Robert Carter, Jr. as well.
“When Dion went out, I didn’t really think about myself too much,” Carter said. “I was thinking about him and what he was going through. Him going out really affected our team a lot just because he’s our brother so we all just sort of comforted him and told him to get back as soon as possible and just to use it as motivation to be even better.”
Maryland opens its season on Friday night against Mount St. Mary’s at 7 p.m. in College Park.