Varun Ram, the former walk-on who made a game-saving defensive play in Maryland's NCAA tournament victory over Valparaiso this past season, will return to the Terrapins for the 2015-16 season, CSNbaltimore.com confirmed via a program spokesperson on Friday afternoon.
Ram first tweeted the news from his personal Twitter account.
Because Ram transferred from D-III Trinity College, he was forced to sit out a season due to NCAA regulations. He was scheduled to graduate in May but still had a year of playing eligibility left, which presented him with a choice -- whether to graduate and move on or pursue another degree and expend his final year of eligibility.
"I definitely want to come back," Ram said before Senior Day in February. "It's something I'll have to talk to my parents and Coach Turgeon about if it makes sense academically moving forward because I'm definitely going to graduate in May and if there's, like, a grad program that works out then I definitely want to come back and be a part of this team for one more year."
Ram was a neurobiology and physiology as an undergraduate and saw action in 21 games this past season, including both of Maryland's NCAA tournament games.
UPDATE 24 April 2015, 4:34 p.m.
Ram came to Maryland as a walk-on and was later awarded a scholarship. Whether or not he will be on scholarship when he returns to the Terrapins in 2015-16 will be determined later this summer, CSNbaltimore.com confirmed via an athletic department spokesperson.