Burney Will Not Play for Terrapins This Season
UPDATED 1:09 P.M. WITH MARYLAND CONFIRMING
Maryland fourth-year junior forward Jerome Burney has not participated in team workouts this fall and will not play for the Terrapins this season because of lingering issues with two right foot injuries the player suffered last winter, according to multiple sources that include the player’s mother.
Maryland confirmed that Burney will miss the season in a statement released Friday afternoon.
Burney, listed at 6 feet 9 and 222 pounds, was expected to compete for playing time in the Terrapins' front court this season. Last year, Maryland relied on an undersize front court that consisted of 6-7 forwards Dave Neal and Landon Milbourne.
Burney’s mother, Toni, said in a telephone interview that her son has not practiced with the men’s basketball team since the start of the fall semester and that the notion of Burney sitting out the coming season has been discussed since the middle of summer.
“I really don’t think he’s going to be playing this year,” Toni Burney said. “What he had told me before when he first said something about possibly not playing is that it doesn't mean that he can never play basketball again. It doesn't even mean that he can't, you know, be on the team again.”
Maryland Coach Gary Williams said in the statement: “Jerome is very much a part of this team even though he won’t be playing this year. We feel badly for Jerome that he never had the chance to be the college basketball player we all felt he could be because of his injuries.”
Burney, who redshirted the 2006-07 season with a stress fracture in his left foot, is in his fourth year at College Park and is on schedule to graduate with a degree in kinesiology next spring, according to the statement. The NCAA rarely grants more than one medical redshirt to a player. Toni Burney said the decision on whether her son will play for Maryland in the 2010-11 season has not been made.
Last season, Burney learned he had a stress fracture in his right foot in December and missed 16 games before returning to action in mid-February. Burney broke two sesamoid bones on the bottom of his right big toe during practice 10 days after his return.
Though a sesamoid bone injury requires a much longer recovery time, Toni Burney said her son’s lingering health problems are born out of the stress fracture in his right foot, an injury she believes never fully healed before Jerome resumed play.
Jerome was supposed to have a CT scan upon returning to school in August, according to Toni Burney, but she said he never underwent the procedure. “Every time I ask him about it, he says, 'Well, the trainer never scheduled the CAT scan and he has to schedule it.' ” Toni Burney said.
Burney has played in 26 games the past two seasons, averaging 7.4 minutes, 1.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.
Jerome “said that he's played basketball but it wasn't with the team, and I don't see how he can play if he don't never practice with them,” Toni Burney said. “That's just me. That's just what I figure. ... I don't know if it's his decision or who's decision it is if he plays or not.”
October 2, 2009; 11:47 AM ET
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