Busting Brackets

Maryland Basketball: Jamie Kaiser Jr. enters transfer portal

Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland Basketball suffered another offseason loss with freshman wing Jamie Kaiser Jr. entering the transfer portal. The news was first reported by 24/7 High School Hoops on Twitter.

Kaiser, a former four-star recruit hailing from Burke, Virginia and IMG Academy in Florida, spent one year with the Terrapins. He was the No. 65 overall recruit in the 247Sports Composite rankings for the class of 2023. Having received a number of high-major offers coming out of high school, including the likes of Indiana, Creighton, and UCLA, the 6’6″ wing has unsurprisingly garnered a fair amount of attention in the portal already.

This past season, Kaiser logged 19.5 minutes per game over 33 games, earning five starts along the way. He averaged 4.4 points and 2.0 rebounds while shooting 26.9% from the field and 27.7% from three. His best performance came in a win over Nebraska where he scored 14 points in 18 minutes and connected on four of five attempts from behind the arc. Despite a few standout games, he wasn't able to consistently find his groove over the course of his freshman campaign. Kaiser enters the portal with three years of eligibility remaining.

This is yet another domino to fall as Kevin Willard pieces together Maryland’s roster for next season. Noah Batchelor, Caelum Swanton-Rodger, and Jahnathan Lamothe have each announced their intentions to transfer. Jahmir Young and Donta Scott have both exhausted their eligibility. Julian Reese, DeShawn Harris-Smith, and Jordan Geronimo are all set to return.

The Terps are adding Ja'Kobi Gillespie (Belmont) and Rodney Rice (Virginia Tech) from the portal, as well as five-star Derik Queen and three-star Malachi Palmer via their incoming recruiting class. Taking all of this into account, Willard currently has two open scholarships to work with.

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Maryland Basketball finished the 2023-24 season with a 16-17 overall record and 7-13 mark in Big Ten play. They did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Looking ahead to 2024-25, Maryland has the No. 14 incoming class per 247Sports.