After weighing his options following the season, Dion Wiley has requested his release from Maryland basketball to explore options as a grad transfer, InsideMDSports reported Wednesday. The team has confirmed the news in a press release.
Soon after it was reported that Justin Jackson would depart for the draft, news dropped that Wiley would search for a larger role elsewhere. Wiley joined as the No. 52 player in the Class of 2014, and would be a fifth-year senior next year, after redshirting the 2015-16 season due to a torn meniscus.
Despite his recruiting rank, his time at Maryland was inconsistent. He was often injured the past two seasons and averaged 4.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in 83 games with the Terps. He posted his best season in College Park in 2017-18, averaging 5.8 points while shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and starting 16 games. Known for his shooting, his efficiency peaked the prior season at 36.7 percent.
He’s expected to graduate this spring, making him eligible to contribute elsewhere immediately. Had he returned to Maryland, he faced an uphill battle to playing time, with Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter cemented as the starting backcourt and top-80 signees Eric Ayala and Aaron Wiggins en route. Now, he’ll test his market for a bigger role.
With Wiley and Jackson both departing, Mark Turgeon now has three scholarships to search for reinforcements for both his frontcourt and backcourt.