If you follow Maryland Basketball recruiting carefully, you would not be surprised to hear that a player has transferred. The truth is, if Sam Cassell Jr. and Rysheed Jordan were to commit to Maryland, there may not be enough scholarships to go around for that highly sought after pair of twins from Houston in 2013. Of course getting the Harrison twins is still not something you would bet your house on, but you can’t close the door on them yet either.
Today it was announced that Mychal Parker will transfer. According to several sources, Parker had a meeting with Coach Turgeon and was told his playing time may be affecting by some of his incoming recruits. You have to think that likely means Nick Faust will get some more run as a three and at shooting guard instead of running the point, and incoming freshman Jake Layman will be right there as well. It also means Turgeon is expecting Seth Allen and/or Sam Cassell Jr. will get the point guard mintues with Pe’Shon Howard.
Parker left with a nothing but good things to say about his time at Maryland, his teammates and coaches. I know Parker wasn’t the impact player many people thought he was going to be, but you could see him coming into his own at times last year. He played some pretty solid defense late in the season and showed he could score, especially in the open court. I think given the chance he could have been a solid contributor over his final two seasons. It looks like that solid play will be at either East Carolina, Loyola, or Alabama Birmingham. We wish you nothing but the best Mychal!
Stay tuned for more on the basketball front. I have a sneaking suspicion this is not going to be the last player to announce he is going elsewhere. You can say one thing about Turgeon. He is brutally honest, and I think people will respect that. I would much prefer to hear it straight up then to try and fight for a spot and then be told that I wasn’t going to get the time I was thinking I would get. You have to think things are looking up, and this is just another step in Turgeon making this his program.