Former Maryland big man Shaq Cleare transfers to Texas

Former Maryland big man Shaq Cleare transfers to Texas
April 24, 2014, 6:30 pm
(Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Maryland center Shaquille Cleare will transfer to Texas, the junior-to-be announced via his Facebook page on Thursday afternoon.

"First of all I would like to thank god for opening another door for me and giving me another opportunity to fulfill my dream at another division 1 institution," Cleare wrote in the caption above a picture signing his letter of intent to play at Texas.

"Secondly I would like to thank my family and friends for all the hard work they've put in with me as well as all the prayers they've sent up above for me. Last but not least I would like to thank my coaches, my teammates/ brothers and terpnation for all the support here at Maryland, it has been a bumpy but an exciting 2 Years here at Maryland, I ve had a blast here and the memories will linger in my mind.

"Thank you Maryland for an opportunity to be educated here and to represent this school on the highest stage possible. Most people my disagree with my decision and might even dislike me, but life goes on and it doesn't stop here. Thanks again. Love you all."

The native of the Bahamas attended high school in Texas, meaning that his decision to transfer also entails a trip closer to home. During his recruitment process out of high school, Texas was among the schools who recruited Cleare.

His freshman and sophomore seasons in College Park saw Cleare average 3.7 and 3.0 points, respectively, in between 12 and 14 minutes per game. He began the 2013-14 season as a starter, but his role in Maryland's rotation changed over the course of the year.

He, along with guards Roddy Peters and Nick Faust, transferred at the conclusion of the season.