Maryland guard Dion Wiley has been cleared for individual on-court work after undergoing surgery in November, CSN has confirmed. He will continue to rehab as he progresses toward full team activity.
Wiley alluded to the news on social media on Monday, saying he would now "switch gears" in his preparation for next season.
Wiley missed the entire 2015-16 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. His original timetable could have put him back on the court by mid-March, but the program smartly opted to redshirt the Oxon Hill, Md. native and bring him along more slowly.
As a freshman at Maryland during the 2014-15 season, Wiley averaged 4.1 pints and 1.5 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game while shooting 38 percent from the field and just under 33 percent from three-point range.
His absence from the Terrapins' rotation was more important as the 2015-16 season went along than what might initially have been expected from the outside, though head coach Mark Turgeon throughout the season stressed the point.
Without Wiley and with junior-college transfer Jaylen Brantley taking time to acclimate himself to the high-major level, major minutes were heaped upon starters Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon in the backcourt.
With less reliable backcourt options, Maryland was unable to play smaller lineups that would have allowed a player like Jake Layman at the power forward.
Wiley is projected to be part of a backcourt in 2016-17 that includes Brantley and freshmen Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter. Fellow guard Melo Trimble has until May 25 to decide whether he will return to Maryland for his junior season or remain in the 2016 NBA Draft.
Trimble told CSN on Friday that he is currently "leaning towards" staying in the draft.