As word leaked of another transfer from the Maryland men’s basketball team, the fourth this offseason, several Terrapins players — among those still remaining — took to Twitter, sharing their thoughts and reassuring a fan base already irked by the exoduses.

Evan Smotrycz and Jake Layman represent two-fifths of the returning scholarship players for Coach Mark Turgeon, who has now seen three players he recruited to College Park, as well as Nick Faust,  leave in the past month. Smotrycz is one of two remaining scholarship seniors alongside Dez Wells, though Allen’s departure makes it increasingly likely that other fourth-years like Spencer Barks, Jonathan Graham or Varun Ram will be considered for a scholarship. Layman is one of two scholarship juniors left, half of the four-man class of 2012, which happened to be Turgeon’s first at Maryland.

Allen joins Nick Faust (Oregon State), Shaq Cleare (Texas) and Roddy Peters (undecided) as departures.

Comments from Smotrycz and Layman are below:






On Thursday, Wells also reposted the following photo onto Instagram, along with the caption: “What’s driving you this offseason??”

He was more cryptic in his tweeting.


And for reference, here’s the full scholarship chart as it now stands:


Guard Seth Allen plans to leave

Wave of transfers serves as motivation for Melo Trimble

Peters, Cleare, Faust all transferring

Shaq Cleare: ‘I’m going to take the blame’ | Headed to Texas

Nick Faust headed to Oregon State