Rasheed Sulaimon was kicked off Duke’s men’s basketball team, but he won’t be very far away next season.
Sulaimon, a 6-5 guard, announced that he will transfer to Maryland for his final season and play for head coach Mark Turgeon.
He’ll be eligible to play immediately after graduating in August, per the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule.
Sulaimon was highly touted as a freshman and looked at as a potential first-round pick in the NBA draft after averaging 11.6 points per game. His playing time and production dipped his sophomore and junior seasons, before eventually being kicked off the team this season. At the time of his dismissal, he was backing up freshman Justise Winslow.
Duke’s student newspaper reported two sexual assault allegations against Sulaimon his freshman year, but Sulaimon has denied the allegations. Coach Mike Krzyzewski dismissed Sulaimon for what he called failing “to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of our program.”
If Sulaimon plays to his potential, he’ll form a formidable backcourt with Melo Trimble. The Terps also added incoming freshman and five-star big man Diamond Stone to an already talented team.
Maryland figures to be in the top five of most preseason polls and come into the season as the favorites on paper in the Big Ten.