Shaq Cleare, a 6-foot-9, 265-pound sophomore center from Maryland, announced on Facebook he will transfer to Texas, where he will join 6-9, 285-pound Cam Ridley in the frontcourt.
“First of all I would like to thank god for opening another door for me and giving me another opportunity to fulfill my dream at another division 1 institution. Secondly I would like to thank my family and friends for all the hard work they’ve put in with me as well as all the prayers they’ve sent up above for me,” Cleare wrote on Facebook, according to the Washington Post.
“Last but not least I would like to thank my coaches, my teammates/ brothers and terpnation for all the support here at Maryland, it has been a bumpy but an exciting 2 Years here at Maryland, I ve had a blast here and the memories will linger in my mind. Thank you Maryland for an opportunity to be educated here and to represent this school on the highest stage possible. Most people my disagree with my decision and might even dislike me, but life goes on and it doesn’t stop here. Thanks again. Love you all.”
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