If there’s one word that has surrounded the Maryland men’s basketball program recently, it’s transfer.
Unfortunately for the Terrapins, forward Charles Mitchell has announced his intentions to transfer and has been granted his release from the program. Mitchell is transferring to be closer to his sick grandmother in Atlanta.
Mitchell’s sister, Alaysia, is a freshman at Towson and she also plans to move closer to their family.
According to The Washington’s Post’s Alex Prewitt, Maryland will help Mitchell to gain immediate eligibility whenever he ends up. Mitchell had scholarship offers from Georgia and Georgia Tech before committing to Maryland in 2012.
Mitchell was thought to be staying in College Park after reports surfaced last week confirming that fact.
In his sophomore campaign, the Maryland forward averaged 6.5 points-per-game and 6.3 rebounds-per-game. Rebounding was always the strongest part of Mitchell’s game and will be a major selling point for the next school that recruits him.
Mitchell was part of the 2012 recruiting class of guard/forward Jake Layman, center Shaquille Cleare, and guard Seth Allen. Cleare, Allen, and now Mitchell have left the program, leaving Layman as the only one left standing. Since coach Mark Turgeon arrived at Maryland, the Terps have lost nine players to transfer. That is good for seventh in Division I.
We’ll have more on the impact of Mitchell’s departure in the coming days.