WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Maryland’s men’s basketball will lose its fifth player in only two months to another program, and ninth since head coach Mark Turgeon took over the program in 2011, announcing Thursday center Charles Mitchell has been granted permission to transfer.

In a press release, tweeted by Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post, the program announced Mitchell will play his junior season elsewhere to be closer to his ill grandmother.

“Recently, Charles shared with us that his grandmother had become ill,” head coach Mark Turgeon stated in the release. “I feel terrible for Charles and his family. Although we will miss Charles, we understand and support his decision to move closer to his home so he can help support and be there for his family. I appreciate Charles’ commitment to our program and he will always be a part of our family.”

In April, the program announced Shaquille Cleare and guards Nick Faust and Roddy Peters would all be transferring. And just weeks ago, it was announced guard Seth Allen would be transferring as well.

In Thursday’s release, the program also made official the signing of 7-foot center Michal Cekovsky to its 2014 class, as well as fifth-year senior Richaud Pack, who will be eligible to play immediately.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.


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