Junior guard Pe'Shon Howard will transfer from the Maryland men's basketball team and play his senior season for another program, the school announced on Monday.
The 6-foot-3 combo guard with the up-and-down career at College Park averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 assists in 83 games during his three seasons. The California native averaged 3.3 points and 3.6 assists in 36 games with 24 starts during the 2012-13 campaign.
“We wish Pe’Shon the best and thank him for his contributions as a student-athlete at the University of Maryland,” Terps coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement released by the program. “We are disappointed that he is leaving, but Pe’Shon shared with me that his grandmother is ill in California and that he would like to finish his final season of eligibility playing closer to home. We understand this is best for Pe’Shon and his family and will support him through this transition.”
Part of former coach Gary Williams' final recruiting class, injuries hampered Howard's run with the Terps. He missed 18 games as a sophomore including the final nine with a torn anterior cruciate right knee injury though he recovered to play in this season's opener. His next season opener will be elsewhere.
“I want to thank Coach Turgeon for allowing me to pursue an opportunity to complete my final season of college basketball at a university closer to home,” Howard said. “It was a very difficult decision because I really enjoyed my three years as a student-athlete at Maryland, but my grandmother is sick and I feel it is best that I be closer to my family. I love my teammates and wish them the very best and appreciate all of the support and guidance that I received from my coaches.”
Howard's inability to completely transition into a pure point guard hampered Maryland's offense at times, though he showed growth over the final games this past season.
Rising sophomore Seth Allen is Maryland's only experienced point guard on the roster and like Howard is also adjusting into the lead guard role. Incoming freshman and highly touted recruit Roddy Peters will also be part of the point guard rotation. Nick Faust has also taken turns running the offense though the 6-foot-5 likely plays the bulk of his time on the wing.