Maryland got some great news this week as the program added two quality additions. Georgetown big man Qudus Wahab announced his commitment and then Rhode Island guard Fatts Russell followed shortly thereafter. Both additions are notable and together could drastically change Maryland’s outlook for next season.
BREAKING: Maryland will also add URI transfer point guard Fatts Russell, source told @stadium. Russell averaged 14.7 points, 4.5 assists, 4.5 boards.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) April 3, 2021
The Terps loading up via the transfer portal and filling biggest two needs: Big Man (Qudus Wahab) and Point Guard (Fatts Russell) https://t.co/JdP78KH1Hb
Wahab is listed at 6-foot-11 and 237 pounds and put together a monster season for the Hoyas last year. He averaged 12.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game during his final season with Georgetown and was a monster on the boards. Wahab was also a key piece in the team’s run in the Big East Tournament, scoring double-digits in the team’s final seven games of the season.
Russell is also a significant addition. He’s listed at 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds and averaged 14.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game for the Rams last season. Russell was one of the best facilitators in the Atlantic 10 last season, rankings third in the league in assist rate. He also ranked first in the conference in free throw rate.
There’s still a lot to iron out about Maryland’s roster for next season, but both players could be in line for starting roles. Russell can likely play alongside Eric Ayala in the backcourt and the Terps were a mess at center last season, so Wahab should be able to lock down the spot. The team is going to need to find some shooting to go around those three (neither Russell or Wahab are great outside shooters), but that’s a nice core to start with.
Mark Turgeon and his staff still have their work cut out this offseason, but Terp fans have to be excited about bringing two players like this into the fold.