Varun Ram to return next season


NCAA Tournament hero and Maryland guard Varun Ram isn’t going anywhere.

Ram announced that he will return to Maryland for the 2015-16 season. The Maryland walk-on will have his scholarship status decided this summer, according to Roman Stubbs of The Washington Post.

Ram will graduate in May with a degree in physiology and neurobiology, and will pursue a masters degree at Maryland in the fall.

Despite not playing a ton of minutes, Rams was one of Maryland’s unsung heroes during the 2014-15 season. The Clarksville (Md.) native made the game-saving defensive stop against Valparaiso in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament last month, and helped the Terrapins to a nail-biting win.

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Ram never played double-digit minutes, but his best performance came against Fordham in which he scored four points in only two minutes. His season-high in minutes came against North Carolina Central and VMI when he saw the floor for nine minutes.

Ram is seen as a defensive specialist for the Terps, and keeps fellow guard Melo Trimble on his toes in practice every day.

He did manage to record a game-high three steals against Iowa on Feb. 8.

The former River Hill High School star transferred to College Park from Division III Trinity College (Conn.). Ram did have to sit out his sophomore season due to NCAA transfer rules. He averaged 7.2 minutes-per-game during the 2013-14 season as he was the primary backup point guard when Seth Allen was out for an extended period of time.

With Trimble and now JuCo guard Jaylen Brantley in the fold, Ram may not see a ton of minutes. However, his experience and defensive expertise can’t be taken lightly.

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