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Terps add another commit to 2014 recruiting class

Mark Turgeon continues to work hard on the recruiting trail and may have found the next Alex Len.
Mark Turgeon continues to work hard on the recruiting trail and may have found the next Alex Len.
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The Maryland Terrapins already had a top 10 recruiting class for 2014, giving fans hope that the streak of seasons without an NCAA tournament appearance is nearing its end.

While it appeared that Mark Turgeon wrapped up the highly-regarded recruiting class early, that's apparently not the case.

The Terps have added another prized recruit to the 2014 class, locking up 7-foot center Michal Cekovsky. He is widely considered a top 50 prospect and one of the top power forward recruits in the country, though I'm certain he won't be seeing much time at the four spot.

Florida, Louisville, and Arizona were just three of a number of top programs recruiting Cekovsky, a native of Slovakia, that the Terps were able to beat out to secure his committment.

Cekovsky is a foreign big man who can play inside but likes to face up and shoot from the perimeter. Remind you of anyone?

Turgeon's success with turning Alex Len from a raw but talented prospect into a top ten NBA pick by the end of his sophomore season had to have some sway when it came to recruiting Cekovsky.

Cekovsky joins a recruiting class featuring McDonald's All-American Romelo Trimble, fellow 7-footer Trayvon Reed, Dion Wiley and Jared Nickens.

With Cekovsky coming on board, it now appears a near certainty that some type of attrition will occur with regard to the basketball program. There have been a bunch of Nick Faust rumors flying around in the past week, but none of them are true at this point.

There is also a lot of talk about Shaquille Cleare potentially transferring, and the addition of Cekovsky would possibly give that rumor some substance behind it. Damonte Dodd struggle in his first year at Maryland is also a possibility.

Give Turgeon a lot of credit for leaving no stone unturned and continuing to work hard on the recruiting trail despite the fact that he already had a great class under his belt and seemingly no scholarships available. His coaching ability has been a disappointment so far, and his first two recruiting classes haven't exactly panned out, but you have to love the time and energy he puts into recruiting.

Other Terps news: Gary Williams was elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame, and now he has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It's a great and well-deserved honor for Williams, who is one of the few coaches to win consistently at a high level doing things the right way. His career numbers do not tell the whole story, as he took a Maryland program left for dead in the wake of the death of Len Bias and brought it back to national prominence, in the process helping to get a new arena built on campus.

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