International prospect Michal Cekovsky of Spain's Canarias Basketball Academy has signed with Maryland to become the fifth member of the program's 2014 class, the school announced in a release on Thursday afternoon.
Cekovsky, a seven-footer ranked as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, walks into a situation where he has the opportunity to be a major contributor for Maryland in 2014-15.
“He has a special skillset for someone of his size and ability," head coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. "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.”
With the transfer of forward Charles Mitchell announced on Thursday, Cekovsky joins Damonte Dodd, Trayvon Reed, Evan Smotrycz, and Jonathan Graham in the group of five players who will fill out the frontcourt at the power forward and center positions for Maryland.
As Turgeon alluded to, Cekovsky is another player who will be able to stretch defenses out toward the perimeter while still working inside in the post. With Dodd and Reed both expected to need more time to develop their offensive games, Cekovsky could be key on that end of the floor.
A good deal of credit goes to Maryland assistant Dustin Clark, who was integral to Cekovsky's recruitment.
“I’ve followed Maryland and have enjoyed getting to know Coach Turgeon and Coach Clark," Cekovsky said in a statement. "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.”
Maryland has two open scholarships remaining following Mitchell's transfer and the addition of fifth-year guard Richaud Pack on Thursday.
Take a look at highlights from Cekovsky below: