Maryland basketball’s Joshua Tomaic enters transfer portal to explore options

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Maryland men’s basketball forward Joshua Tomaic has listed his name on the transfer portal, the team announced on Monday. The redshirt junior hasn’t ruled out a return to the Terps for one more season but is exploring his options.

“I’ve grown so much over the past four years, on and off the pitch,” Tomaic said in a statement. “By accessing the transfer portal, I see if there are any opportunities for an increased role elsewhere for my final year of eligibility.”

Tomaic appeared in 62 games during his career at Maryland, mostly as a depth reserve. He averaged 1.3 points and 1.1 rebounds in just under six minutes per game over three seasons – and those totals are down from his freshman year, when he posted 2.2 points in 8 .8 minutes per game.

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While his time on the pitch was limited to 16 games in the shortened 2019-20 campaign, Tomaic was expected to see more minutes if he returns next season. Maryland lacks frontcourt depth after Jalen Smith entered the NBA draft and coach Mark Turgeon missed transfers of key forwards such as Jordan Bruner.

Additionally, forward Ricky Lindo left for George Washington on April 10, and Makhel and Makhi Mitchell left the program mid-season. That left three big men back for next season – Chol Marial, Donta Scott and Tomaic.

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If Tomaic doesn’t return to College Park, Turgeon will have a significant absence in his frontcourt with minimal remedies on the roster.

“Josh has given our program everything we’ve asked for over the past four years,” Turgeon said in a statement. “He’s been a great teammate and mentor in our dressing room. I understand and support his desire to seek more playing time and other opportunities. The door remains open to Maryland if he decides to return.

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