Terps expect transfer guard to be healed

College Basketball

July 17, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - University of Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams said yesterday that he expects 6-foot-4, 195-pound junior guard Sterling Ledbetter, who played at Allegany College in Cumberland the past two years before enrolling at Maryland, to be ready for the start of the season.

Ledbetter, who averaged 13.9 points, 7.1 assists and 6.1 rebounds for Allegany last year and is expected to be a part of the Terps' guard rotation, suffered a dislocated hip and some facial damage in a one-car accident on Interstate 70 in Frederick County in early May.

"He is progressing really well," said Williams, who introduced his former player, Keith Booth, as the Terps' assistant coach at a news conference yesterday. "Of course, it's up to the doctors, but I think he'll be fine by September."

In other Terps news, the team will take a five-game, 12-day tour of Italy from Aug. 17 to 28.

The Terps will play some of Europe's top pro teams, including Kiev (Ukraine), one of the most famous pro teams in the world.

Maryland hasn't taken a foreign trip since 1994, when the Terps traveled to France. The NCAA allows men's basketball teams one foreign trip every four years.

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