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Maryland men’s basketball center Chol Marial enters transfer portal

Alabama made 16 three-pointers for the game and lead by as much as 23, while the Terps' had no answer for the Tides' long-range shots.

Maryland men’s basketball center Chol Marial is entering his name into the transfer portal after two seasons with the program, he announced Wednesday.

Marial, a 7-foot-2 South Sudan native, appeared in 30 games, averaging 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.9 minutes. At one point a highly-regarded prospect, Marial suffered a string of nagging injuries in high school. Upon his arrival to College Park as a freshman in 2019, he underwent surgery to heal stress fractures in both legs and played sparingly. As a sophomore, he struggled to crack a spot in a Maryland rotation that often played small-ball lineups.

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“I want to thank Coach [Mark] Turgeon, the coaching staff and my teammates for two memorable years at Maryland,” Marial said in a news release. “I am thankful to Maryland for helping develop me into the player I am today and will always remember our Big Ten Championship.”

Said Turgeon: “We enjoyed having Chol as part of our program the past two seasons. Chol has been a tremendous teammate and always brought a positive attitude. I understand his desire to seek more playing time and wish him nothing but success in the future.”

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The NCAA transfer portal was introduced in the fall of 2018 to allow players to make it known of their intention to transfer and for college coaches to see which players might be available to sign national letters of intent. While players who enter the transfer portal are permitted to rescind their names and return to their schools, the program is no longer obligated to honor the scholarship. Marial’s expected departure leaves the Terps with two available scholarships for the 2021 season.

There are over 1,000 names in the transfer portal, according to Verbal Commits, as players seek to take advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Maryland has reportedly reached out to several players in the transfer portal, along with uncommitted Class of 2021 prospects, in an attempt to add to a roster that played the 2020 season without a true point guard or center.

Senior guard Darryl Morsell (Mount Saint Joseph) is also eligible to return for a fifth year, which will not count against Maryland’s scholarship limit, but the Baltimore native has yet to announce a decision.

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