The Terps return four key players from last season's 17-15 squad: guards Nick Faust and Pe'Shon Howard, center Alex Len and forward James Padgett, and welcome a freshman class that was ranked in the top 20 nationally. Maryland also added two transfers who are eligible to play immediately in Dez Wells and Logan Aronhalt. Wells, who on Wednesday was cleared to play by the NCAA, is an athletic, physical and versatile guard. The sophomore averaged 9.8 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for Xavier last year. Aronhalt is a proven scorer that netted 1,100 points in his career at Albany.
Kentucky bases its modus operandi this season on improvement: From freshman-dependent team in November to national contender in March.
With perhaps that first-things-first perspective in mind, Kentucky plays Maryland Friday night to begin the 2012-13 season.
Two weeks have passed since Lisa Faust gave birth to her baby girl, her first daughter after a string of three sons. But a moment that should be filled with joy has brought nothing but tears.
Her mind constantly wanders, concentrating on the negatives. Forty-one, she figures, is far too old to raise an infant. Heck, she’ll be nearly 60 by the time her baby girl graduates high school. How’s that going to look? What will people think?
“Ma, I’ll take care of you,” her middle son, Nick, says with a smile. “I’ve always wanted to have a girl.”
The tears begin to dry. A few soothing words from an eighth-grader and her 14-day bout with postpartum depression is squelched.