Former Maryland basketball player Phil Nevin, who had remained on scholarship during the fall semester, said yesterday that he is transferring to Millersville (Pa.) University and will begin classes next week.

"It's not that I'm not eager to go {to Millersville}, but I just wanted to get out of Maryland," Nevin said by telephone from his parents' home in Vandergrift, Pa. "When I said this summer that I was going to stay at Maryland, most of the colleges said 'Good luck,' and stopped writing. Millersville kept on writing to me."

The 6-foot-11, 250-pound Nevin was a little-used redshirt freshman on the 1986-87 Maryland team. Last June, Nevin said Maryland Coach Bob Wade was trying to take away his scholarship. Wade denied it. Eventually, school officials said Nevin would retain his scholarship but would not play on the team.

Millersville is a Division II school and is coached by John Kochan, who was an assistant to former Maryland coach Lefty Driesell. Driesell had recruited Nevin for Maryland, but Nevin said Driesell was not involved in his transfer to Millersville.

Nevin's mother, Evelyn, said she thought her son decided to transfer because he went the first two weeks of the semester without a dorm room. He stayed with friends off campus before getting one. She added that her son had a 2.3 grade point average and "has never been ineligible."

Wade declined to comment, but Athletic Director Lew Perkins said, "We wish Phil the best of luck."