Transfers - What on earth is going on?

In recent years, it seems that the number of transfers has increased. But over the past couple days players are asking for releases at an insane rate. Obviously we all will speculate which transfers Maryland will potentially be involved with.


Alex Oriakhi

6'9" 240 lbs PF

From USA Today:

If UConn remains banned from the 2013 NCAA tournament because of its subpar academic progress rating, Oriakhi will not be forced to sit out a year. The NCAA grants waivers for student-athletes with remaining eligibility concurrent to the postseason ineligibility of their previous institution.

In Oriakhi's case, UConn is facing a one-year ban, and he has one year of eligibility left.

Gilvydas Biruta

6'8" 240 lbs PF

From some random NJ blog:

Rugged sophomore forward Gilvydas Biruta is transferring out of the Rutgers men’s basketball program, a surprising and significant loss for the Scarlet Knights and second-year coach Mike Rice.

Although there is thought that Biruta could reunite with his former high school coach Dan Hurley, who just accepted the head coaching position at the University of Rhode Island, Maryland is believed to be a more likely landing spot. Either way, Rutgers placed no restrictions in granting his request for a transfer waiver.

Naji Hibbert

6'5" 195 lbs SG

From Jeff Goodman over at CBS:

Jeff Goodman ‏ @GoodmanCBS
Texas A&M's Naji Hibbert transferring, source told

Some interesting notes. As Charlotte pointed out Alex will probably want out of the Big East since he doesn't want to sit out a year, but the article doesn't make it clear if the hardship waiver overcomes that. Gil was down to Maryland and Rutgers when he chose Rutgers over us. Naji was one of Turge's top gets while he was TAMU.

There are other guys transferring as well including 3 players from Michigan but I doubt the staff will get involved with most of these guys.

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