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Maryland men’s basketball’s Ricky Lindo Jr. enters transfer portal

The D.C. native struggled to find a role with the Terps in his two years with the program.

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Maryland men’s basketball sophomore forward Ricky Lindo Jr. has entered his name in the transfer portal, the team announced Monday.

“I want to thank the University of Maryland and Coach Turgeon for everything over the last two years,” Lindo said in a release. “I had a chance to be a part of some amazing moments that I will never forget, including winning a conference title. I’m appreciative of my coaches and teammates for all their support. After much discussion with my family, I have decided it is best to seek a new opportunity as I continue my college career.”

Lindo is the third member of the Terps 2019-20 roster to leave the program after the Mitchell twins announced their departure in December.

After a solid freshman season, Lindo struggled to find consistent time in Maryland’s crowded front-court rotation. He saw his minutes decrease from 12 per game as a freshman to just seven as a sophomore.

Lindo, a native of Washington D.C., averaged 1.7 points, and 1.9 rebounds in his second season. He started only two games and scored a career-high 13 points in a November win over Fairfield.

Maryland’s front-court was already thin, in large part due to the December transfers of the 6’10 Mitchell twins. With Jalen Smith expected to declare for the NBA draft, Maryland will have a lack of size up front moving forward.

Donta Scott, listed at 6’7, is the only front-court option who played more than five minutes per game last season. Also on the roster are 7’2 Chol Marial and 6’10 Joshua Tomaic. Maryland is now down to 11 scholarship players next season, including Smith.

Lindo will have two years of eligibility remaining at his next program.

“I can’t thank Ricky enough for his commitment over the past two season and for helping our team win the Big Ten Championship this year,” head coach Mark Turgeon said in a release. “Ricky was a great teammate and did everything I ever asked of him. He’s fantastic person and I wish him and his family all the best moving forward.”