Shaquille Cleare

Maryland's Shaquille Cleare takes in media day at Comcast Center last month. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun / October 8, 2013)

Former Maryland center Shaquille Cleare will transfer to Texas, he announced Thursday.

“Today I signed a letter of intent on a full basketball scholarship to the University of Texas,” he wrote on Facebook. “First of all I would like to thank god for opening another door for me and giving me another opportunity to fulfill my dream at another division 1 institution. Secondly I would like to thank my family and friends for all the hard work they've put in with me as well as all the prayers they've sent up above for me. Last but not least I would like to thank my coaches, my teammates/ brothers and terpnation for all the support here at Maryland, it has been a bumpy but an exciting 2 Years here at Maryland, I ve had a blast here and the memories will linger in my mind. Thank you Maryland for an opportunity to be educated here and to represent this school on the highest stage possible. Most people my disagree with my decision and might even dislike me, but life goes on and it doesn't stop here. Thanks again. Love you all.”

The No. 38 recruit in the class of 2012 averaged 3.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for the Terps over two seasons. Cleare, a native Bahamian who played high school basketball in Houston, will sit out next season, per NCAA rules.