Palsson Leaving Maryland to turn Pro

Palsson Leaving Maryland to turn Pro

Terps forward Haukur Palsson will not be returning to College Park in 2012

Sources close to the situation reported Monday that Terps combo forward Haukur Palsson will be leaving Maryland to pursue a pro career in Europe. Although Maryland has not released an official statement, all signs are pointing towards the Icelandic native returning home.

Palsson who provided a sweet shooting stroke as well as a viable option down low, started hitting his stride late into his freshman season. Yet it has been widely assumed that Palsson would spring for Europe after a very strong performance at the European U-20 Championships this summer.  

Palsson averaged a tad over 10 minutes per game this past season and mustered just about 2.1 rpg and 2.8 ppg.  His departure is another blow to an already thin Maryland squad. After the coaching change, the decommitment of Breunig and Gibbs was a huge blow, amplified soon after by Jordan Williams break for the NBA. Palsson's departure is the last thing this program needed. The Terps have already gone through a whirlwind of change the past few months and don't need any more.

With Palsson gone, the Terps will be relying solely on Padgett, Weis and Pankey down low; a much less reliable rotation then last years squad.

The lone benefit from Palsson's decision to leave is the addition of another scholarship for Turgeon's staff who have been making their mark on the recruiting trial in recent months. For now however, with only 8 scholarship players on their roster, the Terps have some serious work ahead of them.

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