Mark Turgeon has finally spoken to the media regarding the four Maryland Terrapins players who have transferred since the end of the 2013-2014 season. The four players who have transferred include some big minute players from last seasons squad: Seth Allen, Shaquille Cleare, Nick Faust, and Roddy Peters.
“You try not to take it personal but I understand the fans because I’m angry, you know, frustrated with everything that’s going so I understand where the fans are,” said the coach. “I kind of expect it to be honest with you. But life goes on.”
Allen, the Terrapin starting point guard the last two seasons, did not explicitly say why he is leaving the program, but incoming freshman Romelo Trimble was certainly going to take away minutes from Allen, who averaged 13.4 points and 3.0 assists last season. Shaq Cleare, who averaged only 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in his sophomore season, will be moving to the University of Texas.
Nick Faust, the junior from Baltimore, MD, will be looking for a new team after being granted his transfer request. Faust had grown disillusioned with his role on the team, and it must be noted that he originally committed to the program under the recruitment of Gary Williams. Faust’s career never really took off in College Park, showing flashes but never averaging more than 9.4 points per game in three seasons. He had originally committed to Oregon State earlier this month, but after a coaching change there Faust is once again on the lookout for a new team.
Roddy Peters, a freshman last season, averaged 4.1 points and 2.1 assists in 15.1 minutes per game for the Terrapins.
Turgeon is taking the glass half full outlook of the rash of transfers, saying “It hasn’t been a great two weeks but life goes on and as a competitor, you know, you just the next day you wake up and say well, how are we going to figure it out? We’re going to get it done. And I think we’re going to be terrific.” He can back up these statements knowing that he has a top 10 recruiting class coming to College Park next season, which also very well may be the reason that so many players are leaving the program while they can.
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