Because last Wednesday was a busy day – and I was running myself ragged with lacrosse over the weekend before pretty much lounging around yesterday – I didn’t get the chance to run through something sort of interesting.
And that, of course, was the fate of past Maryland basketball transfers.
It’s a group that’s worth mentioning simply because Braxton Dupree is now among them thanks to last week’s announcement the big man was leaving the program.
(As for the possibility someone might join them, that’s an unknown. But this much is certain: From my perch on the Byrd Stadium concourse on Saturday, I spotted Dino Gregory, Cliff Tucker and Steve Goins finding a seat for the spring game.)
Anyway, by my count, Dupree is the sixth scholarship player in the last decade to transfer out at Maryland. That’s not an abnormally large number – just a relevant one for the purposes of this blog.
Here’s a glance at how the other five did at Maryland … and their eventual landing spots
DAN(NY) MILLER (2001)
New school: Notre Dame
Maryland stats: 104 G, 38 GS, 5.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.0 apg
Notre Dame stats: 34 G/GS, 13.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.4 apg
Rundown: Miller started as a sophomore at Maryland, then came off the bench for most of his junior season as Byron Mouton emerged as a viable defensive stopper on the Terps’ first Final Four team. Miller departed afterward, leaving behind a chance to win a national title. Still, he was a fixture in the lineup of Mike Brey’s only Sweet 16 team (2003), and did enjoy a solid day (17 points, seven rebounds) when the Irish shocked Maryland in the 2002 BB&T Classic.
MATT SLANINKA (2001)
New school: Shepherd (Division II)
Maryland stats: DNP
Shepherd stats: Not fully available
Rundown: At 7-foot-4, Slaninka was probably the largest recruit Gary Williams ever brought to College Park. But he redshirted during the first Final Four season and quickly transferred down a level. A quick persual of the Shepherd website shows injuries limited him for part of his career. Still, there aren’t many humans as tall as Slaninka, and from the looks of this, he’s played some in Germany and Italy in the last few years.
ANDRE COLLINS (2003)
New school: Loyola
Maryland stats: 47 G, 1 GS, 2.2 ppg, 0.5 rpg, 0.9 apg
Loyola stats: 28 G/GS, 26.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.7 apg
Rundown: The difference between Collins thriving at Maryland rather than a mid-major was probably about three inches. The man who scored the final points at Cole Field House happened to be 5-foot-9, but he was still a quality option to export to Loyola when former Maryland assistant Jimmy Patsos took over. Collins averaged 17.5 points in Italy’s top league this season, which only means he was a talented guy squeezed out by other talented (and taller) guys in College Park.
HASSAN FOFANA (2004)
New school: Loyola
Maryland stats: 32 G, 1.5 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.6 bpg
Loyola stats: 63 G, 33 GS, 4.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.9 bpg
Rundown: This one didn’t work out quite so well as Collins. A project when he arrived in College Park, Fofana regressed once he got to Loyola. His points, rebounds, minutes and shooting percentages all dropped from his sophomore to junior seasons, and again from his junior to senior year. While a big, nimble athlete is a nice flier to take a gamble on from time to time (while one door might have a Fofana behind it, another could have an Obinna Ekezie), this one didn’t work out optimally for either Maryland or Loyola.
SHANE WALKER (2008)
New school: Loyola
Maryland stats: 24 G, 0 GS, 0.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 0.3 bpg
Loyola stats: DNP
Rundown: Walker departed after a season, and Patsos swooped in to take in another former Terp. It was a bit of a gamble, since Loyola was so young last season, but Patsos was hopeful throughout the winter Walker could make a substantial difference. Ultimately, Walker is raw, though there was rarely a complaint in College Park about the Montrose Christian product’s work ethic. He’s also 6-foot-10, and the Greyhounds could use someone that large in their league. He’ll have three years to play at Loyola; he probably won’t be quite as good as Collins, but should be better than the last ex-Terp brought up to Baltimore.