Rasheed Sulaimon transfers to Maryland


Ever since Rasheed Sulaimon was dismissed by Duke’s basketball team, the question has been where will he play next. Today we got that answer, as Sulaimon announced a transfer to the University of Maryland Terrapins. Ironically the Terrapins used to be a big rival of the Blue Devils.

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Sulaimon came out recently to proclaim his innocence in order to ease his transition to another program. He had been under the cloud of a couple of uncharged sexual assault allegations, but had kept his head down after being kicked off the Duke program around that time. After Duke won the title, Sulaimon emerged to refute the allegations.

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Sulaimon also showed that he was on track to graduate in August, which would allow him to transfer to another program without sitting out a season. He garnered interest from at least twelve schools: Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, George Washington, Houston, LSU, Maryland, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, SMU, Texas, Texas Southern, and Texas A&M.

In the end, Sulaimon is going to Maryland. Maryland is thought to be a top ten team entering next season with a roster full of juniors and seniors. Hopefully, Sulaimon will be ready to compete for a spot for the Terps. Losing playing time was a problem for Sulaimon in his time at Duke.

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  • In fact the whole situation will be a maturity test for Sulaimon. He will be given nothing. He will be entering the Big Ten where scores are low and defensive pressure is high. Sulaimon has not reacted well to in-game adversity in the past. Whether his past with officiating will be improved in the new conference is hard to say.

    Maryland will give Sulaimon a shot at a championship. Fortunately it will probably mean avoiding his former school until the NCAA Tournament. The one possibility would be an ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchup between the two. Other than both schools being good teams, such a matchup would be unlikely.

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