Maryland big man leaves school to turn pro

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Maryland’s already thin frontcourt took another hit this week as redshirt junior Schnider Herard opted to leave the program and pursue professional opportunities.

Herard arrived at Maryland in January after playing a season and a half at Mississippi State. He averaged 5.1 points and 5.0 boards as a freshman, but he saw his minutes cut in half as a sophomore and transferred to Maryland in January. He would have been eligible after the first semester.

Inside Maryland Sports was the first to report the news.

Herard was expected to play a major role off the bench for the Terps, whose frontline currently consists of Bruno Fernando, five-star freshman Jalen Smith and a pair of seldom-used bench pieces. Already reeling from losing Kevin Huerter and Justin Jackson to the NBA draft, Mark Turgeon could have used Herard’s size inside.

Maryland still has the horses to make a run at a spot in the NCAA tournament, particularly since Anthony Cowan, who is a Big Ten Player of the Year candidate, is back for his junior season. Throw in a solid recruiting class and the return of a pair of promising sophomores — Fernando and Darryl Morsell — and there are pieces on this roster.