Brian Magid finally decided yesterday to take his 30-foot jump shot from Maryland to George Washington University.
Sophomore guard magid, perphaps the most celebrated four-point-a-game scorer in area college basketball annals, asked for a transfer yesterday and was given his release by Maryland coach lefty Driesell.
"Brian wants more playing time," said Driesell. "He'll be happier where he can be a starter."
"There are no guarantees I'm going to start at GW," said Magid, who under NCAA rules will be required to sit out the 1977-78 season. I'm going to have to earn it, but I think their style of play can help me and I help them."
Magid never fit into Maryland's plants . He was told many times while a senior at state-champion Blair High in Silver Spring that Maryland's system suited penetrating guards who scored off the fast break, played good defense and only shot from outside as a last resort.
Magid was a pure shooter and not swift afoot.
"But I was determined to go to Maryland before anyone ever said anything to me." said Magid yesterday.
Maryland fans returned the affection. "Shoot, shoot," everytime the youngster with the magical touch took off his warmup jacket.
But in two seasons at Maryland Magid scored only 168 points.
For months Magid wondered if he could ever expect a starter's job at Maryland. He was the ninth leading scorer last year. Yet it amazed him that others cared about his decision.
"Why does everything make such a big deal it," he said yesterday.
"Who am I but a guy who sits on the bench and comes in to shoot long jump shots?
"All this adulation, 15,00 people yelling my name and rooting for me. I can't say I'm sorry. I loved it. But you gotta admit it's kind of weird."
GW coach Bob Tallent was relieved to learn yesterday that Driesell had granted Magid his release. Driesell could have refused, forcing Magid to pay his tuition if had transferred to another school.
"When I transferred from Kentucky to GW," said Tallent, "Adolph Rupp (Jentucky coach) wouldn't let me transfer within the state. He said, 'Don't be standin' round here. Get away from here with your noise.'"
Magid has created excitement and interest far beyond his meager statistics because of a shooting range matched by a few players, even professionals.
"My shot's actually gotten better in college," said Magid, grinning. "I wouldn't say that I exactly have conversations with my shot, but it is a thing in itself. I communicate with it like it wasn't entirely a part of me."
Tallent only hopes that 18 months bence Magid's shot communicates with the Smith Center baskets about a dozen times a game. "Brian," said Tallent, "might turn out to be a great one."