The Maryland Terrapins were one player over their allotted scholarship for 2014 when Mark Turgeon signed Michal Cevkovsky, and given the incoming recruiting class and the way last season went, it only seemed a matter of time before at least one current team member announced he would transfer.
Instead, news broke all at once that three players would be leaving Maryland. Nick Faust, Shaquille Cleare and Roddy Peters are all expected to transfer before the 2014 season.
Some turnover was certainly expected, and Faust and Cleare were two of the top names mentioned. Faust lost his starting job, saw his minutes reduced and knew that the incoming recruiting class featured three quality guards. His minutes certainly weren't going anywhere but probably down even further.
Cleare was supposed to be one of the best big men in the country in his recruiting class, but it just never seemed to work out for him. He reminds me of a much better version of Braxton Dupree, who was at Maryland for a very short period of time before transferring to Towson. It would be best for Maryland and for Cleare if he were to transfer and continue his career at a low or mid-major school.
Peters decision to transfer is the one that really comes as a surprise. He was a highly-touted local kid who dreamed of playing at Maryland, and despite a disappointing freshman year, it seemed a bit early to give up on him. Turgeon said it was a mutual decision, so it's possible there was more at work behind the scenes.
It's certainly possible that Peters would be better off leaving the area to get away from some of the people from his past that could be holding him back. It's one of the reasons that Maryland has had problems in the past keeping local kids in the state. Sometimes, it's just best for them to get away from that environment.
It's also possible that both parties agreed that he would never flourish at Maryland. Peters wasn't great defensively and his jump shot needed an entire overhaul. Seth Allen is likely to be starting the next two years, and incoming McDonald's All-American Melo Trimble is highly regarded. It's possible that Trimble could start from Day 1, which means Peters wouldn't even be able to crack the starting lineup until at least his senior year.
With all of the movement, two scholarships have now opened up for next year. It remains to be seen whether Maryland will use them, but you would have to think Turgeon would be willing to look at any highly-ranked recruits that haven't committed, as well as transfers.
At the same time, Turgeon won't want to overload any particular class, and with five recruits already signed on for 2014, he is in danger of doing just that.