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In new places, some former Maryland basketball players flourish, others struggle

A year ago, a lot was made about Maryland's turnaround season being as much the subtraction of the five players who transferred out the previous spring as it was the addition of freshman point guard Melo Trimble and other role players.

It appears that the change of scenery has also worked out for at least three of the five former Terps.

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Forward Charles Mitchell, who had a decent junior year on a terrible Georgia Tech team last season, has put up eight straight double-doubles for the much-improved Yellow Jackets (6-2).

Included in that stretch was an 18-point, 18-rebound performance Nov. 26 in a win over Arkansas. Mitchell leads the ACC and is tied for fourth in the country in rebounding (13.0).

Nick Faust (City) got off to a tough start shooting at Cal State-Long Beach State, going 22 of 52  his first four games. In his last six games, including Sunday night's game at UCLA, the 6-6 senior wing has been on something of a tear, shooting 47 of 84, including 21 of 43 on 3-pointers.

Faust shot 9 of 19 overall (5-11 on 3 pointers) and finished with a team-high 24 points in Long Beach State's 83-77 loss at UCLA Sunday night.

Seth Allen's transition to Virginia Tech has been much like his first two seasons at Maryland, with more than a few ups and downs.

The high point was a couple of back-to-back big scoring games against Alabama-Birmingham (23) and Northwestern (25), but the 6-2 junior has shot the ball poorly overall (32 of 89) and even worse on 3-pointers (11-43). Allen's 25 turnovers to only 16 assists has not exactly enhanced his repuation as a point guard.

Two other former Terps, Roddy Peters and Shaquille Cleare, have not had great starts on their new teams.

Peters is putting up decent offensive numbers at South Florida, with nearly 11 points a game.

But the 6-4 sophomore point guard still hasn't found a decent outside shot, as evidenced by 1 of 14 on 3-point shots. Even worse, like Allen, Peters has more turnovers (38) than assists (35).  The Bulls are 2-7 and clearly in rebuilding mode.

Then there's Shaquille Cleare, whose numbers are nearly identical to what he did in College Park the first two years. Expected to have a regular role at Texas in the rotation as the backup to Cameron Ridley at center, the 6-9, 270-pound center has played just a little over 10 minutes, averaging 2.7 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Cleare, who grew up in the Bahamas and sat out Maryland's trip there his sophomore season with a reported back injury, saw his most time when the Longhorns returned to his home for the Battle for Atlantis tournament, averaging 5.5 points and 5 rebounds in 17.5 minutes in the first two games.

As things turned out, it was a smart move for the former Terps to leave, considering their replacements. Despite his improvement, it seems doubtful that Mitchell would be starting ahead of Robert Carter Jr.; Allen would likely be the team's third guard; and both Cleare and Peters would be deeper on the bench. Faust, who is now a senior, would have had his eligiblity expire last season.

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