Brian Magid, the sharpshooting Maryland basketball guard who wants more playing time, said yesterday there was a 50-50 chance he will transfer and that he wants to talk to Terrapin coach Lefty Driesell before making his final decision.
Magid said he wanted to remain in the area and that George Washington was the only local school that interested him. Magid said he had not talked to any coach other than the Maryland staff.
Bob Tallent, the GW coach, said he definitely would be interested if Magid decided to play his last two years of college ball elsewhere.
Under NCAA rules. Magid must receive a release from Driesell in order to be eligible for a grant-in-aid to any other NCAA school. If Driesell would not grant the release, Magid still could transfer, but would have to pay his own way.
Driesell is in Hawaii for the Aloha Classic this week and will not be back in his office until Monday, his secretary said yesterday. Magid said that he met with Driesell about 2 1/2 weeks ago and indicated that he would complete his career at Maryland.
However, Magid said he did not seriously consider his options until he returned from a Florida vacation last weekend.
"I really didn't think about it that much until I got back," said Magid, one of the most crowd-pleasing players in area basketball. "I looked at wat we had coming back. I felt it would be a good decision if I left.
"It's not going to do me much good to stay at Maryland and play as rarely as I have the last two years. But I really haven't decided either way yet. I would tell someone I wasn't sure if I was coming back. I'd say it was 50-50 right now."
Magid said he had no quarrel or bitterness with any of the Maryland coaches, that the only basis for his decision was his lack of playing time.
Magid, an All-Metropolitan star at Montgomery Blair High, played only eight minutes per game last season and averaged four points he said the season was not so frustrating as it was puzzling.
GW was one of the schools that heavily recruited Magid two years ago. The others were Duke, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Under ACC rules, Magid could not transfer to another Atlantic Coast Conference school.
"GW would be a good school for me, because of their style of play and their coach's style," Magid said. "They suit my style and I suit their style.I think I could help them."