University of Maryland substitute guard Billy Bryant, disenchanted with his lack of playing time, has quit the Terrapin basketball team and will transfer to another school between semesters.
"I was not being treated fairly, not getting the playing time," said Bryant, who informed Maryland Coach Lefty Dreiesell of his decision Thursday.
"My minutes began decreasing the last half of last season," added Bryant, a junior. "I was trying to do all possible, all that was asked of me, but i found out this season that it was not working."
Bryant, a former All-Met out of Cartroll High School, would not disclose what schools he was considering. He did say he had received favorable indications from some colleges. A calendar year must pass before Bryant is eligible to play again, which means he can take the court again in January 1980.
Bryant is the fourth former area star in the last two seasons to have transferred from Maryland. Brian Magid switched to George Washington in the fall of 1977; James Tillman transferred to Eastern Kentucky, for which he broke a tournament game-scoring record with 36 points Thurscay night in Reno, Nev., and Jo Jo Hunter is now sitting out the year at Colorado.
With Bryant's departure, only John Bilney and David Henderson of Maryland's six 1976-77 recruits remain on the team. Hunter transferred and Mike David and Mark Crawford were dismissed from the team.
Bryant started in 28 of 48 games his first two seasons, averaging 7.8 and 8.5 points, respectively.
In the Terps' eight games this season, he started against only East Carolina, and then played only nine minutes. Bryant saw action in al of the games except for Wednesday's tilt with North Carolina State, and totaled 17 points.
The North Carolina State game was what did it." said Bryant. "That was the first game to mean something and he (Driesell) didn't play me at all. A person can only take so much."
"Billy told me he wasn't playing enough and I didn't see how he could play more," said Driesell. "People ahead of him were playing better. I want for a him to be happy. No player is happy on the bench."
Bryant, 6-foot-48 had played both guard positions plus small forward for the Terps. He had a career-high 26 point against Georgetown as a sophomore and scored 23 against Wake Forest in his freshman year.
Maryland (6-2) hosts Canisius tonight at 8 at Cole Field House. Yhe Golden Griffins are 5.5 after a 2.4 start and are led by senior forward Ron Peaks (23.3 point average).
The Terps will open with the same lineup that started the State game: Greg Manning, Ernest Graham, Larry Gibson, Albert King and Buck Williams.