The Maryland men’s basketball team scored a massive interior boon Monday afternoon, when 7-foot international center Michal Cekovsky committed to the Terrapins for their class of 2014, an individual with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
An inside-out threat and one of the highest-rated available players this spring, Cekovsky reportedly had offers from Arizona and Louisville, according to 247sports.com, which rated him as a four-star prospect and the sixth-best power forward in his recruiting class.
A native of Slovakia, Cekovsky spent this past season with Canarias Academy in Spain and received several international visits from assistant coach Dustin Clark, and at least one from Coach Mark Turgeon. He joins Trayvon Reed as the second 7-footer in Maryland’s incoming recruiting class, which currently ranks 14th nationally according to ESPN.com but is almost certain to receive a boost in the wake of this latest news.
It is unclear what this means for Maryland’s current roster, which with Cekovsky will be overloaded on scholarships next season barring attrition. Suffice to say, Cekovsky enters as a polished prospect hopeful of contributing immediately, given his size and mobility. Without Alex Len, who left school early for the NBA, the Terps struggled this past season to score inside, rotating between Charles Mitchell, Shaq Cleare, Jon Graham and Damonte Dodd.
According to his biography, Cekovsky was born in June 1994, making him 20 years old once the 2014-15 season begins. According to the source, Cekovsky expects to be eligible immediately, because he never played in a professional game overseas, though he is currently signed with the Serbian team Partizan Belgrade.
It conjures up memories of when Turgeon signed another European big man late in the recruiting cycle. Len, now with the Phoenix Suns, signed with Maryland in August 2011, ultimately sitting out 10 games due to NCAA rules governing amateurism.
More to come.