Where former Terps landed in the transfer portal

Maryland basketball has one scholarship to fill for the 2024-25 season as head coach Kevin Willard works the portal to iron out his roster, but where did the outgoing transfers land this offseason? We take a look at where every former Terp will suit up next season.

Noah Batchelor: Buffalo

Batchelor became both the first Terp to depart from the program and find a new home after Buffalo head coach George Halcovage III announced his signing back on April 17, joining former Boston College center Armani Mighty as portal additions for the Bulls this offseason. Batchelor will eye a bigger role for a team looking to bounce back from a 4-27 (2-16) season. A Frederick native and three-star signee and in the 2022 class, Batchelor struggled to find a rhythm during his two seasons in College Park. Batchelor started one game in each of the last two seasons and averaged just 1.7 points and 0.7 rebounds in 7.3 minutes per game, along with shooting 29.4% from three. Batchelor set new career-highs in points (9), field goals made (3), threes made (3) and attempts (7) in the regular season finale road loss vs. Penn State.

Caelum Swanton-Rodger: Old Dominion

One former Terp will reunite with a former Maryland assistant with Swanton-Rodger headed to Virginia to team back up with Mike Jones ahead of his year one rebuild at Old Dominion. He joins former Robert Morris forward Stephaun Walker and UMass guard Robert Davis as portal additions thus far for Mike Jones where the Canadian big man eyes a starting role in the frontcourt. After signing to Maryland as a largely unknown prospect in the 2022 class, Swanton-Rodger showed signs of promise in a limited role as a freshman as he averaged under one point and rebound in 21 games. Despite being the primary big behind Julian Reese at the five, Swanton-Rodger struggled to take the second-year jump as he averaged 1.5 points and 1.7 rebounds in just 6.6 minutes per game.

Jahnathan Lamothe: North Carolina A&T

After becoming the catalyst in what was expected to be a foundational 2023 class, Lamothe struggled to find his way onto the court once conference play began as he saw time in just 16 games in his lone season with the program. Lamothe was able to showcase his scoring ability as a senior at St. Frances, but that didn’t translate to College Park where he averaged 0.8 point, along with shooting 25% from the field and 18% from three.

Jamie Kaiser Jr.: Butler

Jamie Kaiser Jr. is headed elsewhere after just one season with Maryland basketball in undoubtedly the most surprising outgoing transfer of the offseason. Kaiser, a former four-star recruit out of Virginia, was an integral piece to Maryland’s rotation through the season after starting in five games and averaging nearly 20 minutes as a freshman. Willard was consistent about the workouts he spearheaded with both Kaiser and Harris-Smith as they worked to get comfortable as freshmen, while Kaiser looked to find a consistent shot in College Park, but that never came to fruition. Kaiser shot just 26.5% from three and nearly 27% from the field as he averaged 4.4 points and finished in double figures in just five games. Now, Kaiser will head to Butler and head coach Thad Matta after finishing 18-15 (9-11) and losing to Minnesota to end the 2023-24 season. Kaiser joins former Iowa forward Pat McCaffery and former Tulane guard Kolby King as offseason portal additions.

Mady Traore: New Frank Phillips College (JUCO)

After one season at New Mexico State, Willard cautioned fans for patience with raw, yet athletic forward Mady Traore. A 6-foot-11 forward, he made his first career start against Ohio State where he set career-highs in points (8) and minutes (20) while shooting 4-of-6 from the field. While Willlard looked ahead to infuse more talent to the roster ahead of his third season as head coach, Traore now heads to juco where he’ll get a chance to maximize his potential in hopes of bouncing back into the high or mid-major level.

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