After much speculation among Terp fans as to his status, Maryland announced the signing of 7-foot center Michal Cekovsky on Thursday.
"We're excited to welcome Michal to the University of Maryland," Turgeon said in a statement. "He has a special skillset for someone of his size and ability. Michal has great speed, athleticism and agility. He's a versatile player who can play either the four of five positions for us. The combination of both his perimeter play and strong interior game will add a new dimension to our frontcourt."
"I'm excited to be coming to the University of Maryland," Cekovsky said. "I've followed Maryland and have enjoyed getting to know Coach Turgeon and Coach Clark. I first took notice of Maryland when Alex Len played there and I watched how he developed into an NBA player. The opportunity for early playing time was something that excited me and I'm looking forward to being a part of a great program and university."
Cekovsky was initially discovered during a national prep tournament in New England, playing for the Canaries Basketball Academy.
"First and foremost, Michal is a very high character person with a great work ethic on the court and in the classroom," said Rob Orellana, director of the Canarias Basketball Academy. "His combination of size, skill, and athleticism makes him a very unique player. Offensively he can shoot the three, score with his back to the basket, and make plays for others. Defensively his mobility is a great asset. Coach Turgeon did a great job selling Michal on the University of Maryland. "
Cekovsky, rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, officially becomes the fifth member of Maryland's incoming recruiting class, joining McDonald's All-American Romelo Trimble, Dion Wiley, Jared Nickens and Trayvon Reed. Maryland's 2014 class finished ranked No. 10 in the final Rivals.com team recruiting rankings.