Maryland men's basketball coach Gary Williams announced Thursday that junior Dino Gregory will return to the team Dec. 12.
Gregory, a 6-foot-7 forward from Baltimore (Mount St. Joseph) was suspended Nov. 3 for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Williams declined to comment on the specifics of Gregory's reinstatement.
"We're going to try to be as good a team as we can this year," Williams said before practice for tonight's game against New Hampshire. "That's what we're working toward. Dino is certainly a big part of that."
Williams had told the school newspaper, The Diamondback, on Tuesday that there were "still some things to work out with the university" regarding Gregory's suspension. Brian Ullmann, a senior associate athletic director, declined to speculate what that might be, given that Gregory's suspension was reported to have been made by the team, not the university.
Williams said that Gregory's participation in practice the past couple of weeks has helped the team's two freshman big men, Jordan Williams and James Padgett.
"A big part of Jordan and James [developing] has been Dino's efforts," Gary Williams said. "I think that tells you somewhat of Dino's character as a person. They both play kind of his position, and his willingness to work with them to help our team has just been tremendous. It's nothing that I didn't expect knowing Dino the last couple of years."
Gregory's reinstatement is set to come after the end of fall-semester classes and coincide with a home game against Eastern Kentucky.
It means that Gregory will not be back for next week's trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational or games at Indiana on Dec. 1 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge or Dec. 6 against Villanova at Verizon Center in Washington.
But it does mean that Gregory should be ready when No. 25 Maryland (2-0) begins conference play in January.
Though the Terps have won their first two regular-season games while starting Williams, 6-10, as the team's big man, Maryland has struggled to out-rebound its opposition.
Maryland was out-rebounded by one in its lone preseason game against Division II Indiana (Pa.) and was out-rebounded in the first half of the season opener against Charleston Southern before drawing even for the game. The Terps held a 41-36 rebounding edge in Tuesday's 71-42 win over Fairfield.
Gregory, who played sparingly as a freshman and started to take a more prominent role off the bench toward the end of last season, had won a starting role in the preseason according to Gary Williams. In Gregory's place, Jordan Williams averaged nine points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes a game.
Along with Gregory, the Terps also lost another frontcourt player, 6-9 sophomore Jin Soo Choi, with an ankle injury in the season opener. Gary Williams said Choi might be able to play tonight. Landon Milbourne, a 6-7 senior, continues to start at power forward.
Notes:: Tonight's game, one of two that won't be televised this season, will be streamed live on umterps.com, using the multimedia link. ... The Terps will leave early Saturday morning for Hawaii and will play host Chaminade in the opening round Monday.
NEW HAMPSHIRE @No. 25 MARYLAND
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