On Thursday, news broke that Maryland would be making a key addition to its roster heading into next season. After an initial report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, Maryland later confirmed that Duke transfer Sean Obi would be joining the team heading into what should be an important 2017-’18 season.
During his time in college so far, Obi has put together one of the most unique profiles in college basketball. He started at Rice, later transferred to Duke, and will now head to Maryland. His best year was 2013-’14, when he averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game when he was the best player on Rice’s roster.
Obi will now join a Maryland roster set to lose two key contributors from last season in Damonte Dodd and Melo Trimble. Obviously, the hope for Terp fans will be that Obi can take a key role from day one and replace some of the team’s lost production.
While Obi is far from a proven commodity at the Power Five level, he should add some nice depth behind a relatively unproven frontline for Maryland. Although Ivan Bender and Michal Cekovsky do return, neither has shown they can be a starter on a top team. As such, adding a player with experience like Obi into that group is a great addition.
Maryland will now have two more open scholarships on the board for next season. Head coach Mark Turgeon will be aggressive with those spots and fans should expect at least one more notable addition in the coming weeks.