Maryland recruited local product Dwayne Morgan heavily over two years ago.
After two years at UNLV, Morgan has decided to transfer closer to home and Maryland is one of four schools that he’s focusing on. ESPN’s Jeff Borzello was the first to report Morgan’s intentions.
The former four-star recruit is also focusing on Clemson, St. John’s, and VCU in addition to the Terrapins.
Morgan wants to transfer back to the East Coast in order to be closer to his sick mother. According to InsideMDSports, Morgan received his release from UNLV on Wednesday.
Morgan plans to visit all four schools, but he isn’t planning on doing so until he finishes his final semester at UNLV.
He’ll likely have to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
During his two seasons with the Runnin’ Rebels, Morgan averaged 5.4 points and 3.8 rebounds playing 18 minutes. The former St. Frances Academy (Md.) star was part of a highly-touted 2014 recruiting class that also included Patrick McCaw, Goodluck Okonoboh, and Rashad Vaughn.
Morgan is an extremely athletic wing that has the ability to play both forward positions. He ended up scoring in double figures in five games as a sophomore.
The Maryland native suffered a right shoulder injury in February that caused him to miss the final six games of the season. UNLV underachieved during the 2015-16 season, which was one of the primary reasons that coach Dave Rice was relieved of his duties.
In turn, that’s another reason that Morgan is electing to transfer.
It would appear that Maryland has a very strong chance to land Morgan’s services. The coaching staff is familiar with what he brings to the table and Morgan knows the staff from his high school days.
With Robert Carter declaring for the NBA Draft, there’s a big void at the four spot for Maryland. Obviously, Morgan wouldn’t be able to fill that void next season.
However, there would definitely be plenty of playing time once he’s eligible for the 2017-18 campaign.
It doesn’t take a geography whiz to determine that Maryland would be the closest to his mother and would give him the most chances to spend time with her.
While it’s been a rough two years for the former Runnin’ Rebel forward, Morgan could get a fresh start back home.