Jaylen Brantley announced his intention to transfer from Maryland basketball on April 10, and he’ll spend his final college season at UMass.
Brantley averaged 4.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and one assist for the Terps in 2016-17, his second year with the team. He was frequently Maryland’s most reliable bench scorer, and the team will miss his 38.6 percent three-point shooting next season.
His career has been a roller coaster, and UMass will be his fourth college team. Brantley committed to Marshall out of high school, but left without playing a game. After a season of junior college ball in Texas, he transferred to Maryland. The Springfield, Massachusetts, native won’t have to travel more than 30 miles to the UMass campus.
As long as my momma happy ❤️gets to go to every game https://t.co/TfuWx9lefX— Jaylen Brantley (@Jaybrant2) April 24, 2017
The Minutemen went 15-18 last season, a finish that cost head coach Derek Kellogg his job. UMass hired Matt McCall from Chattanooga on March 29, and the program suffered two transfers this week. Brantley’s new team probably won’t make much postseason noise, but he’ll have a big role and play close to home.