Well nobody saw this one coming.
Per InsideMDSports.com’s Jeff Ermann, the Maryland Terrapins have signed another player to the 2014 class, Michal Cekovsky of Romania. The report came out Monday afternoon that Cekovsky would be headed to Maryland, much to the surprise of everyone who figured Maryland’s already 4-person 2014 class was set.
Cekovsky, a 7-foot forward-center and native of Slovakia, played his senior season of basketball at Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain which allows him to be eligible to play immediately. For those who don’t know, Canarias Academy is a great stepping stone for European players who seek to go overseas to compete. Most of their classes are taught in English first and Spanish second, and the academy has graduated guys like Boris Bojanovsky (the man who dunked Maryland’s ACC dreams away for FSU) and Ryan Richards (drafted by the San Antonio Spurs). A lot of their players have gone on to play professionally elsewhere, as well.
Cekovsky was initially viewed as a strong Louisville lean, but also held offers from Arizona and Florida, among others. Terps head coach Mark Turgeon and assistant Dustin Clarke made numerous visits over the spring to Spain to scout Cekovsky further. His coach has stated that he has tons of potential, as an incredibly tall forward who is also capable of stretching the floor, he’s going to be come a matchup problem for some teams. Don’t expect an Alex Len-type player, however; Cekovsky is more forward than he is center.
This does, of course, bring up a peculiar scholarship situation. Maryland is now over the scholarship limit, which means almost certainly that someone is due to depart. The incoming class of Trayvon Reed, Jared Nickens, Melo Trimble, and Dion Wiley puts Maryland at 14 scholarships for next season (one over the required 13). Typically, these numbers tend to work themselves out, but it does give a little credence to the rumblings that the roster may yet be settled.
Either way, an awesome pickup for Maryland considering his suitors, and one that should certainly bolster the Terps versatility come Big Ten time. This class is easily one of the best Maryland has brought in in nearly a decade. Highlights below: