Just when the Maryland Terrapins thought they were going to have some semblance of stability, the basketball team was ravaged with another late transfer from the program. This time? Power forward Charles Mitchell, the Terps leading rebounder last season and second leading rebounder the season prior.
Mitchell marks the sixth transfer from the Terrapins this year in what has been one of the most shocking offseasons, arguably, ever for the program. For many, this writing was on the wall, as Mitchell was mentioned among the first group as potential transfers (Nick Faust, Roddy Peters, and Shaquille Cleare). Mitchell’s camp, however, denied those rumors and for quite awhile, it was suspected that he would remain a Terrapin for at least next season.
According to reports, Mitchell is departing because of a desire to be closer to his elderly grandmother who is sick. Mitchell is originally from Georgia, and his statement is as follows:
I want to especially thank Coach Turgeon for his support and compassion during my family’s time of need. “I loved playing for Coach. He is a great man and great coach. The reason I decided to leave Maryland is to be near my grandmother who has been ill over the past year. Knowing that she raised me and is still a very big part of my life, I decided to move closer to home. It’s important for me to be there for my grandmother and to help support my family. I didn’t want to leave, but I have to put my family first. I really enjoyed playing with my teammates and I’ve had a lot of great memories over the last two seasons. I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had and wish Maryland nothing but success in the future.
Mitchell averaged 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds last season, and continued to be one of the best offensive rebounders in college basketball. While undersized, Mitchell was the team’s most consistent rebounding option and hustle guy. His loss leaves two spots open that the Terrapins can choose to fill even with the introduction of Richaud Pack, a North Carolina A&T transfer.
The news stinks, and we’ll have more on the transfer later, but for the time being it stinks. Mitchell was a very adept rebounder, and Maryland is going to be paper thin in the frontcourt next season with a ton of variables in play. It does continue to give the team a bit more definition positionally, but pretending like this transfer and Allen aren’t hits is out the window. That’s not to say Maryland will be a disaster next year; they just have a whole lot of uncertainty.