Shane Clark, who was expected to contribute to Maryland's men's basketball team as a freshman, will not play for the Terrapins this season because he failed to meet academic requirements, the school announced yesterday.
"He won't be suiting up for Maryland this year," said Lonnie Lowry, Clark's longtime summer-league coach. "He may not be suiting up for anyone."
Lowry said Clark is academically ineligible for Division I athletics because of insufficient progress in his high school core courses. Clark, a 6-foot-7 forward, spent last year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., after attending Cardinal Dougherty High in Philadelphia for three years.
Lowry did not rule out Clark attending Maryland in fall 2006 if he chooses to spend this year in prep school. Another possibility, Lowry said, is for Clark to attend junior college for two years before enrolling at another Division I school.
Clark, who has lived with Lowry for much of the past six years, spoke Wednesday with Lowry, who described the player as "not really happy" about the turn of events.
"He did not want to leave," Lowry said. "He liked Maryland and wanted to go there. He liked all the players."
Clark averaged 18.7 points and 7.4 rebounds last season at Hargrave. After initially orally committing to Villanova, Clark changed his mind and signed with Maryland in November.
-- Eric Prisbell