Report: Freshman guard Cassell ineligible to play at Maryland

September 12, 2012 | WNST Staff

It’s looking more and more unlikely that freshman guard Sam Cassell Jr. will play for Mark Turgeon’s Terps this season.

According to a report from, Cassell will not gain NCAA eligibility and may never suit up for the University of Maryland. The 6-foot-3 guard signed with the Terps in the spring, and many thought Cassell would be a factor for immediate playing time in the fall. He  attended Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. as a post-graduate student last year.

If Cassell chose to remain committed to Maryland, he could attend a junior college for two years to earn an associate degree before returning to Maryland. However, it appears the freshman guard is exploring the possibility of attending a school that accepts players under NCAA Proposition 48, which allows partial-qualifiers to still enroll at the school and begin playing in their second season.

The Baltimore native attended Towson Catholic and St. Frances Academy, but it remains unclear whether his eligibility issues stem from his time at either school.