Well the Terps basketball program took its 3rd loss of the off-season today when redshirt-freshman Ashton Pankey announced that he was planning on leaving Maryland to transfer to another school. Apparently he is going to transfer to a smaller school closer to his home in New York. Pankey said in a statement “My mom is the rock in my life, and I promised her I would take care of her like she did for me. Therefore, I am choosing to put my family first and look for a school closer to home.” Obviously on a personal level if there is something wrong with his mother then I feel bad for him and hope that everything works out the best for him and his family. As a fan I am not really that surprised that Pankey transferred because we brought in 4 guys this year (Smotrcyz, Cleare, Dodd, and Mitchell) that play his position and he wasn’t a very good player to start. He wasn’t really bad or anything because he was just a freshman but I highly doubt that he would have ever been the regular starter while in a Maryland uniform. This is kind of bummer because I thought that he could have been a very good backup big for us for the next 3 years but he shouldn’t be that hard to replace.