Maryland soph Shaq Cleare transfers to Texas

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Texas is still waiting on a decision from elite uncommitted senior Myles Turner, but the Longhorns continue to add bodies to their frontcourt.

Maryland sophomore Shaq Cleare transferred to Texas on Thursday.

"Our staff and players are excited to welcome Shaq to our basketball family,” coach Rick Barnes said. “He is a player who we obviously recruited while he was in high school, so we're very familiar with him. Shaq will add an additional physical presence to our team. We've always been high on Shaq's ability. We believe that with a year off to improve, he will become a vital part of our future. But most importantly, he is a fit for our program."

Cleare, a former top-50 recruit coming out of high school, averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds this past season.

He will sit out next season and will have two years of eligibility beginning in 2015-16.

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