Maryland men's basketball center Schnider Herard has left the program to pursue professional opportunities, ending his Terps career before playing a game, a team spokesperson said Wednesday.

Herard transferred to Maryland from Mississippi State in the middle of last season. He was scheduled to become eligible in late December of this year, and was expected to be a contributor to the Terps' frontcourt.

The 6-foot-10, 260-pound center played in all 32 games for the Bulldogs in his freshman year and made 11 appearances before deciding to leave the program last season. For his career at Mississippi State, he averaged 4.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game.

Herard was a four-star recruit in the class of 2016. The Port-au-Prince, Haiti, native led Prestonwood Christian Academy in Texas to three state championships.

With depleted frontcourt depth, coach Mark Turgeon will likely lean more heavily on returning forward Bruno Fernando and five-star freshman Jalen Smith. Maryland also brings back forwards Joshua Tomaic and Ivan Bender from last season.