Maryland transfer Cleare signs with Texas

Maryland center Shaquille Cleare, left, grabs a loose ball in front of Florida Atlantic guard Jackson Trapp in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Maryland center Shaquille Cleare, left, grabs a loose ball in front of Florida Atlantic guard Jackson Trapp in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in College Park, Md., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AUSTIN (AP) — Former Maryland center Shaquille Cleare has signed to play the rest of his college basketball for Texas.

Texas said in a statement Thursday that Cleare signed a scholarship agreement and plans to enroll in classes this summer. Although he’ll train and practice with the Longhorns, he’ll be ineligible under NCAA rules to play until the 2015-16 season when he’ll have two seasons of eligibility left.

Maryland granted Cleare and guards Nick Faust and Roddy Peters releases to transfer earlier this month.

The 6-foot-9 Cleare came to Maryland two years ago as a highly touted recruit from the Bahamas but started only 28 of 69 career games. He averaged 3.0 points and 2.5 rebounds as a sophomore last season.

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