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Maryland’s Joshua Tomaic Enters Transfer Portal

Maryland’s offseason struggles continue.

NCAA Basketball: Oakland at Maryland Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland announced another potential transfer from the program on Monday as Joshua Tomaic will be entering the transfer portal to explore his options. The Spaniard was poised to be the most experienced returnee in the frontcourt for the Terps after a slew of departures. Jalen Smith will unsurprisingly enter the NBA Draft after being named First-Team All-Big Ten. The Mitchell twins, Makhi and Makhel, transferred to Rhode Island after some ugly off-court disagreements with Mark Turgeon. Ricky Lindo Jr. will also compete in the Atlantic 10 next season, transferring to George Washington. Evidently, losing four - possibly five - frontcourt players leaves the Terps thin on big bodies.

Tomaic averaged only 4.4 minutes per game this season as a redshirt junior, putting in 1.1 points on less than one FGA per contest. However, he was poised for a big jump in minutes next season, purely out of necessity.

Besides Tomaic, Chol Marial is the only player capable of playing the 5 returning for Maryland. Marial arrived in College Park last summer after choosing the Terps over offers from Iowa, Florida State, and West Virginia, among others. The native of Sudan averaged 5.4 minutes per game in only 12 games this past season.

Tomaic is leaving the door open to a return despite putting his name in the transfer portal. This may be a case where Tomaic simply feels he has a better chance of being effective at a lower level of competition after barely getting in the rotation his first three years being active.

Regardless, the Terps’ roster will look completely different next year after having one of their better seasons in recent memory cut short by coronavirus. Jalen Smith will not be returning and Anthony Cowan graduated, leaving the three wings - Aaron Wiggins, Darryl Morsell, and Eric Ayala - to pick up the pieces.