Former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon will transfer to Maryland, the school confirmed on Monday afternoon.
Sulaimon, who played three seasons at Duke, is reportedly scheduled to graduate from the university this summer, which would make him immediately eligible to play during the 2015-16 season under the NCAA’s graduate transfer exception.
Under that rule, a player who completes his degree with playing eligibility remaining can transfer without having to sit out a season so long as he meets the exception’s requirements.
After a strong freshman season during which he averaged 11.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, he saw his minutes diminish in his sophomore and junior seasons.
Sulaimon was dismissed from the Duke program in late January after being "unable to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member” of the Blue Devils, according to a release from head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
His dismissal came close to a month before a report from Duke’s student newspaper stating that he had been accused of sexual assault by two students at the school.
Sulaimon has since refuted the report and legal action in regards to the alleged incidents was not reportedly pursued with local police, nor were complaints filed through the university.
“Me being dismissed from the team had nothing to do with this allegation," Sulaimon told ESPN.com. “I have never sexually assaulted, not only anyone on the Duke campus, but anyone period.”
Head coach Mark Turgeon has been open to taking transfers throughout the process of building his program at Maryland.
Among them is Dez Wells from Xavier, Evan Smotrycz from Michigan, Richaud Pack from North Carolina A&T, and now-eligible Robert Carter from Georgia Tech.
Turgeon has a familiarity with Sulaimon, having recruited the Houston native while he was the head coach at Texas A&M.
In early preseason projections, Maryland has already been regarded as a potential Top-5 team after Melo Trimble and Jake Layman announced that they would return to school and the Terrapins added five-star center Diamond Stone during the spring.
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