- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 12, 2004

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Maryland center Hassan Fofana has left the Terrapins after getting little playing time in 1 seasons.

Fofana yesterday informed Maryland coach Gary Williams of his immediate departure, which will permit him to play elsewhere in January 2006. Fofana could not be reached for comment, and Williams was unsure where he would transfer. No school has yet approached Maryland about Fofana, who must sit out one year according to NCAA rules.

The Terps won’t replace Fofana this season. However, his departure makes two scholarships available to Maryland next year.

Fofana had slipped to the Terps’ third reserve frontcourt player, with freshman forward James Gist and center Will Bowers gaining more minutes. Fofana was troubled by a bad back this season and averaged only 7.3 minutes in four games that included two four-point efforts. He didn’t play in two of the last three games.

“Why do players leave? Because they’re not playing,” Williams said. “Nowadays, players want to play right away. Sometimes it’s a positive thing for the player to get a fresh start. … [His loss] could [have an impact], but we have plenty of inside players.”

Fofana improved as a freshman last season, averaging eight minutes in 28 games. He averaged 10 minutes over the final 18 games and played essential parts in two stretch victories: playing strong defense and blocking two shots against Clemson and grabbing 10 rebounds against Virginia.

Rick Snider

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