Haukur Palsson Leaves Maryland Basketball To Pursue Pro Career In Europe

GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 11: Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils looks to drive against Haukur Palsson #13 of the Maryland Terrapins during the first half in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 11, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Haukur Palsson, who would be a rising sophomore on the Maryland basketball team, is leaving the Terrapins to pursue a pro career in Europe. A native of Iceland, the forward's departure leaves Maryland with only eight players under scholarship and renders them especially short-handed in their front court. 

New Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon had already spoken of using a four-guard lineup on a regular basis before Palsson's departure was made known. With the forward gone overseas, Maryland has even less front court talent to go along with its guard-heavy roster.

Turgeon is concerned about Maryland's depth going forward, especially considering that two of the three forwards under scholarship for the Terps are senior Berend Weijs and redshirt freshman Ashton Pankey, who played a combined 26 minutes all of last season. The only returning big man with any kind of experience is James Padgett, a rising junior who will likely be forced into the starting lineup after playing only about nine minutes per game last season. 

For more on the impact of Palsson's departure, read this from Testudo Times.

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