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Maryland Basketball Snags Mississippi State Transfer

Schnider Herard was a top-50 2016 recruit.

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The Maryland Terrapins picked up Mississippi State transfer forward Schnider Herard on Saturday. Herard picked Maryland over schools such as Baylor and Illinois. Take a look at his Twitter commitment announcement below.

The 6-foot-10 sophomore big man was averaging one point per game this season in eight minutes of action. Last season fared better with Herard averaging five points and five rebounds in 18 minutes of action per game.

As a recruit, Herard was a consensus top-50 player in the 2016 class. He held offers from schools such as Arizona, Kansas, Indiana, Texas, Purdue and Oklahoma amongst others. He chose Mississippi State in fall of 2015. Check out some of his high school highlights below.

He never quite worked out with the Bulldogs. As the stats indicated, Herard wasn’t all that productive in the limited minutes he received. He did show flashes of potential, especially during his freshman season. There was a 16 point performance against Texas A&M on 5-7 shooting. He recorded two double-doubles (his only in collegiate basketball) against Tennessee. Outside of these performances inconsistency reigned. By the end the season and into his sophomore campaign Herard’s minutes steadily decreased. Herard announced that he was leaving the team by end of December.

Looking at Maryland’s depth chart, it is easy to see why Maryland had interest in Herard. Next season they will lose Michal Cekovsky and Sean Obi. Freshman Bruno Fernando is currently a top 20 draft pick according to NBADraftNet and could leave. Maryland has a top-15 recruiting class coming in (247Sports) and Jalen Smith is a 6-foot-10 athletic freak, but there is ample opportunity for Herard to come in and contribute with heavy minutes.

Maryland took an important step towards their 2018 season on Saturday with the commitment of Herard. Despite the obvious talent, there still remains many questions about the big man on the collegiate level. It appears he will get a great opportunity to achieve in Mark Turgeon’s program. If he is a difference maker, it could be big for Maryland’s future.