February 25, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions forward Jonathan Graham (25) defends in the second half against Northwestern Wildcats guard/forward Drew Crawford (left) at Bryce Jordan Center. Northwestern defeated Penn State 67-66. Mandatory Credit: Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland Lands Penn State Transfer Jonathan Graham

 

 

Just under an hour before the kickoff of Maryland football, news broke that Mark Turgeon and his staff has added a transfer. 6-foot-8 power forward Jonathan Graham, son of former Terp legend Ernie Graham, has committed to the Terps after announcing his decision to transfer from Penn State in June.

Graham is a local player, who played high school basketball for Calvert Hall in Baltimore. Given that his dad played for Maryland, the Terps has always been a familiar program for him. Coming out of high school, Graham was a three-star recruit who chose Penn State over Florida State, Davidson, UAB, and Wright State, according to Rivals. Graham was considered a potential impact player for Penn State, but failed to produce. The rising junior, who appeared in 31 games last year, lost his starting job midway through the year after averaging just 1.9 points per game.

Coming out of high school, Graham was a 3-star recruit who chose Penn State over Florida State, Davidson, UAB, and Wright State, according to Rivals. Graham was considered a potential impact player for Penn State, but failed to produce. The rising junior, who appeared in 31 games last year, lost his starting job midway through the year after averaging just 1.9 points per game.

While Graham may look like an insignificant addition, Turgeon has proven before that he can develop big men (Alex Len, DeAndre Jordan). In addition, Turgeon now has more men to use during practice. Given that he transferred, he will likely have to sit out this year, but will be eligible to practice this year.

Maryland will apply for a waiver for Graham to play immediately. Since there are scholarships available this year, Graham will receive a scholarship for the upcoming year. However, given the 2014 recruiting class is maxed out already, he will be a walk-on after this year. Nonetheless, the addition can only benefit the Terps. This is definitely a great find by the coaching staff.

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