The Washington Times - May 15, 2012, 04:09PM

Maryland forward Ashton Pankey is leaving the program for family reasons.

The New York native, who spent two seasons with the Terrapins, said in a statement from the school he intends to transfer to a school closer to home.


“My mom is the rock in my life and I promised her I would take care of her like she did for me,” Pankey said in the statement. “Therefore, I am choosing to put my family first and look for a school closer to home.”

Pankey averaged 4.7 points and 4.9 rebounds last season, playing in all 32 games while starting 17. He struggled mightily toward the end of the regular season, but had 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench in two ACC tournament games. He played in only one game as a true freshman before a stress fracture in his leg forced him to redshirt.

Pankey is the third Maryland player to depart the program with eligibility remaining since the end of the season. Mychal Parker announced he would transfer and ultimately landed at Loyola. Terrell Stoglin declared for the NBA Draft. Neither sophomore would have played for the Terps next season after receiving year-long suspensions from the school late last month.

Barely a year after Gary Williams retired, only two  players who logged time for the former coach remain in the program: Rising senior forward James Padgett and rising junior guard Pe’Shon Howard.

—- Patrick Stevens