With Maryland’s starting point guard Pe’Shon Howard sidelined for two extended stretches because of injury last season, 6-foot-5 sophomore Mychal Parker got far more playing time than anticipated, averaging 18 minutes per game for the short-handed Terrapins.

But with Howard expected to make a full recovery and a solid recruiting class in the wings for Coach Mark Turgeon’s second season, Parker evaluated his prospects and announced Monday on the Recruit Scoop Web site that he will transfer in order to play elsewhere next season.

Maryland made his decision official, releasing a statement confirming that Parker had been granted his release to pursuer his transfer options.

“We appreciate the effort and commitment Mychal made to our success and our program this season,” Turgeon said in the statement. “We certainly wish him well as he continues his academic and athletic pursuits.”

Parker, a native of Washington, N.C., averaged 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds last season and appeared in all 32 games for the Terrapins, who finished 17-15, 6-10 ACC.

Leading scorer Terrell Stoglin announced last month that he planned to return for his junior season. Once Howard returns, rising sophomore Nick Faust is expected to resume his role as a shooting guard. And that would leave Parker lobbying for playing time with Turgeon’s first recruit, 6-2 shooting guard Seth Allen of Fredericksburg, Va.

“I have come to the realization that it is in my best interests to continue my education and my career elsewhere,” Parker said. “I’m very grateful for the opportunities and support I’ve gotten from the University of Maryland and from Coach Turgeon. I will always consider myself a Terp for life.”