Ashton Pankey is transferring from theUniversity of Maryland, basketball coach Mark Turgeonannounced in a statement released by the school on Tuesday. The 6-foot-9 redshirt freshman from the Bronx, N,Y. cited family reasons and the desire to play for a school closer to home. My mom is the rock in my life and I promised her I would take care of her like she did for me, Pankey said in a statement. Therefore, I am choosing to put my family first and look for a school closer to home.After missing all but one minute during the 2010-11 season with a stress fracture in his leg, Pankey averaged 4.7 points and 4.9 rebounds last season while playing in all 32 games. He scored a career-high 17 points against Radford and twice grabbed 11 rebounds. "Ashton was raised in a close-knit home; he and his mother are very close, said Turgeon. We support him in this difficult time. It was great to have Ashton as a part of our program; we appreciate the hard work that he put in academically as well as on the court. He has a lot of potential and we wish him success moving forward.Pankey's announcement comes after guards Terrell Stoglin and Mychal Parker left the program last month. Both players were facing a one year suspension for violating the universitys student-athlete code of conduct. Stoglin announced he is forgoing his collegiate eligibility and is entering the NBA draft.Turgeon's incoming recruiting class is a six-membergroup with four frontcourt options, including post player Shaquille Cleare and stretch power forward Jake Layman.