Maryland guard Mychal Parker to transfer

April 09, 2012 | Ryan Chell

The Maryland Terrapins appear to be set at guard for many years to come under new coach Mark Turgeon, but one of their own right now felt left out and is reportedly set to transfer.

Sophomore guard Mychal Parker, who was brought to Maryland under ex-Terps coach Gary Williams, averaged 4.3 ppg and three rebounds  off the bench this season, and seemed to be on the outside looking in for Mark Turgeon in the future.

Parker announced his departure today via a statement to The Recruting Scoop, and called it one of the toughest decisions he has ever had to make.

“I have come to the realization that it is in my best interests to continue my education and my career elsewhere,” said Parker. “I’m very grateful for the opportunities and support I’ve gotten from the University of Maryland and from Coach Turgeon. I will always consider myself a Terp for life.”

Parker, a former four-star recruit out of Charlottesville, said Coach Turgeon approached him and advised him of his lack of playing time over the coming seasons with Jake Layman coming in next winter.

“We appreciate the effort and commitment Mychal made to our success and our program this season,” Turgeon said. “We certainly wish him well as he continues his academic and athletic pursuits.

Possible destinations for Parker include ECU and UAB, where former Maryland assistant Rob Ehsan is located on the staff.

Ehsan was a former Gary Williams assistant who recruited Parker to College Park, and was key in his development his freshman year at College Park.

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