7-footer Michal Cekovsky commits to Maryland

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

In a shocking development, the Terps have added a major piece to their front court for next season.

Maryland was expected to return everyone from their 2013-2014 roster, plus a group of four 4-star recruits making up a recruiting class ranked 10th by 247 Sports. Those plans have changed, slightly, today has Jeff Ermann of Inside Maryland Sports reported that top 40, 7-footer Michal Cekovsky committed to the Terps.

Cekovsky's rated a 3-star in 247's composite rankings, and the 35th best power forward in the class of 2014, but a 4-star and the 6th best power forward according to 247's own rankings. He's the fifth 4-star player Maryland will add in 2014 and the second 7-footer, along with Trayvon Reed.

This get's a little murky when you look at Maryland's scholarship situation for next season. They were up against the limit of 13 before today, but rumors of transfers from either junior guard Nick Faust of sophomore center Shaquille Cleare spread last week. This domino means someone from their expected roster is almost certainly on the move.

The Slovakian could challenge for a stating spot with Maryland team in their inaugural season in the B1G. He brings a versatile and valuable skill-set to the Terps. He's a legit 7-footer than can rebound, play around the basket and step out for a midrange jumper as well as behind the arch. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon beat out Arizona, Florida and Louisville, among many others, for his services.

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