6-10 Petrovic decides to leave Terps


Nemanja Petrovic, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound sophomore center who was expected to serve as a reserve for the Maryland basketball team, has informed coach Gary Williams that he plans to transfer.

"He just felt things weren't going well for him, and he decided to transfer," Williams said yesterday. "He's been hurt, so that's part of it. But I'm going to leave things at that."

Petrovic showed promise before getting hurt early during his freshman season. The former Yugoslav junior player, who came to Maryland via North Penn High School outside Philadelphia, was diagnosed with a stress fracture of the leg in mid-January. He averaged 3.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 10 games.

"He was a question mark [physically]," Williams said of a player who suffered torn knee ligaments and a broken elbow in high school. "It would have been nice to see what he could do if he had been healthy."

Williams said Petrovic still is enrolled at Maryland, where he is carrying a 3.5 grade-point average as a business major, but "wouldn't be surprised if he winds up at a Philadelphia school."

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