Maryland officially announced the addition of Duquesne graduate transfer L.G. Gill on Monday, a player who is expected to graduate this spring with a degree from his former school and become immediately eligible for the Terrapins for the 2016-17 season.
So how can he help? Here are three ways.
1) Experienced frontcourt roster addition
At its most basic level, Maryland needed frontcourt players. Period. After Robert Carter, Jr., Jake Layman, and Diamond Stone left the program for the NBA Draft, the Terrapins have only centers Michal Cekovsky and Damonte Dodd, along witth sparingly used forward Ivan Bender, plus Jared Nickens and incoming freshman Micah Thomas on the wings.
That makes Gill a priority to bring more experience and help to round out the numbers in the frontcourt.
2) Three-point shooting
Gill shot 34.4 percent from three-point range this past season for the Dukes. That's not a number that makes a player a centerpiece of an offense from that range, but it can be enough to be effective as a roll option in the pick-and-roll or a spot-up shooter off drives from guards.
Gill made 53 of his 154 attempts from three last year. For comparison, Jake Layman made 57 of 144 and Robert Carter made 26 of 78. Both of those players were part of the three-point shooting attack for Maryland last season.
One of Maryland's biggest issues last season, despite the team's size, was an inability to rebound. Gill averaged 6.5 rebounds in 30 minutes per game last season. Yes, conference is a factor, but that 6.5 mark would have put him second on the Terrapins in boards last season.
Rebounding on the wings was particularly a point of concern. The hope is that Gill can help to alleviate that.