Point guard Collins set to transfer from UM

Junior backup leaves team after his playing time, role continue to diminish

College Basketball

December 11, 2003|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - University of Maryland junior point guard Andre Collins had considered the idea during his first two seasons with the Terrapins. Yesterday, the school announced that Collins had made it official by declaring his intention to transfer from Maryland.

Collins, who did not accompany the team to the University of Florida for its game against the top-ranked Gators last night, was unavailable and could not be reached to comment.

By choosing to leave the Terps after this semester, Collins will be able to join another Division I program and become eligible to play in January 2005, then have a full season of eligibility after that.

"Andre will leave the University of Maryland men's basketball program in good academic standing," coach Gary Williams said in a statement. "We wish him all the best in the future."

Collins, 5 feet 10, who was averaging 2.5 points and 8.8 minutes as the backup to sophomore John Gilchrist, apparently realized he was not going to receive the increase in playing time he had anticipated this season.

Freshman guard D.J. Strawberry has ascended rapidly in the Maryland rotation by averaging 18.2 minutes, mainly because of his defensive ability, and will assume the backup role at the point.

Collins was shooting just 1-for-7 from three-point range and had struggled on defense.

Collins, who never averaged more than 5.7 minutes over his first two seasons, denied rumors in the spring of 2002 that he was considering leaving Maryland. Sources said Collins considered transferring during last season.

The Terps probably will use Strawberry and sophomore Chris McCray as backup point guards. And Maryland, which now has two scholarships left to offer next spring, figures to intensify its recruiting of Allegany College sophomore point guard Sterling Ledbetter.

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