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Brantley to transfer upon summer’s graduation

Jaylen Brantley is the third Terp to leave Maryland early this offseason.

On Monday, the Maryland Terrapins men’s basketball team announced point guard Jaylen Brantley will transfer after graduating this summer. The news does not come as too much of a surprise considering he never quite earned a role on the team that he was expected to be in. He will be seeking more playing time at his new school.

“I want to thank my coaches, teammates, and fans for an incredible two years at the University of Maryland,” Brantley said in a release issued by the school. “After speaking with my family, I feel it is in my best interest to explore opportunity at another school where I can have a bigger role athletically and also work towards a master’s degree in sports management.”

Graduate transfers have become college basketball’s form of free agency as student-athletes do not have to sit out a year and are eligible to play immediately. Brantley, who joined Maryland as a junior college transfer last season, averaged 4.9 points in 16.8 minutes per game. As a sophomore, he averaged just half of those minutes per game. Brantley averaged only one assist per game and never developed into a reliable scorer at the Big Ten level.

Brantley was regarded as one of the team’s best locker room leaders and often as the jokester of the team. He and Jared Nickens appeared in many social media videos and the two even dance on “The Ellen Show” last spring.

“Jaylen provided great leadership and production off the bench last year and I enjoyed having him as a part of our program over the past two years,” Terps head coach Mark Turgeon said in the release. “I am proud that Jaylen will graduate this summer and take advantage of the graduate transfer rule which will allow him to play immediately.”

Brantley is the third Terp to lead the team this offseason. Melo Trimble declared for the NBA draft and signed with an agent despite having one year of eligibility left. Freshman forward Micah Thomas also announced his intention to transfer after not appearing in any games.

With Bruno Fernando and Darryl Morsell having signed national letter’s of intent to join the Terps next season, the Terps still have three open scholarships. The Terps have historically brought in graduate transfers and figure to use at least one of the open scholarships in that way again.

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