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Maryland men’s basketball guard Serrel Smith Jr. enters transfer portal

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He becomes the third player from last year’s roster to enter the portal.

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After departures from Joshua Tomaic and Ricky Lindo Jr. already this offseason, Maryland men’s basketball saw another player announce their intention to leave the program Tuesday.

Rising junior guard Serrel Smith Jr. has entered the transfer portal.

“I want to thank Maryland and Coach Turgeon for these past two years — they have been nothing but amazing,” Smith said in a press release. “My time at Maryland was filled with memories and relationships that I will always cherish! After careful consideration, I have decided to enter my name in the NCAA transfer portal and explore my options.”

After coming in as a three-star recruit in 2018, the 6’4 guard averaged 2.6 points in 10.0 minutes of action in 61 games over the last two seasons. He played in 12 minutes per game in his freshman season, averaging 3.4 points and 1.3 rebounds per contest, but saw his production decrease in 2019-20.

“Serrel did everything we asked of him the last two years and we are appreciative of his contributions to the program,” head coach Mark Turgeon said in a press release. “He was a great person to coach and a great teammate who helped lead us to a Big Ten Championship. We wish him nothing the best.”

Though Smith wasn’t expected to play a large role, the Terps now have three open scholarship spots to fill for the 2020-21 season.