Caner-Medley, Garrison leave UM

Seniors withdraw to pursue pro career

April 21, 2006|By HEATHER A. DINICH | HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER

Maryland senior forwards Nik Caner-Medley and Travis Garrison have officially withdrawn from the university to pursue professional basketball careers, coach Gary Williams confirmed yesterday.

Caner-Medley has been training with Tim Grover in Chicago, and Garrison leaves Sunday to begin workouts at IMG outside Tampa, Fla., with the hopes of being invited to the pre-draft camp in Orlando, Fla., in June.

Guard Chris McCray, who was declared academically ineligible midway through the season, withdrew from classes in March. He has been working out in Houston with former Terp John Lucas.

Williams pointed out that the team met the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate cut score of 925, but said "hopefully they'll return to get their degrees like assistant coach Keith Booth, Laron Profit, Terrell Stokes, among others."

"What they do - not just here, but everywhere - is they prepare themselves for the individual workouts coming up," Williams said. "This is something these guys love to do. This has been their pursuit for a long time."

Max J. Etienne, an agent from Pro Sports Solutions Inc. in New York, is representing Garrison. Etienne said Garrison plans on finishing school in the next year.

Garrison averaged eight points and 5.3 rebounds for the Terps, and started 10 games. Caner-Medley led Maryland with 15.3 points and averaged 6.3 rebounds. McCray was the team's leading scorer at 15.2 points a game before he was declared ineligible.

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

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