The Maryland Terrapins just added a huge piece to their 2019 recruiting class. Literally.
The Terps officially signed 7-foot-1 center Chol Marial (AZ Compass Prep, Chandler, Arizona), the team announced Monday.
Depending on who you ask, Marial is either a three-star, 210-pound or a four-star, 220-pound recruit (247Sports, ESPN), but he's unquestionably taller than seven feet. He also has a 7-foot-11 wingspan that Maryland coach Mark Turgeon expects will make him "an excellent rim protector."
"I've watched Chol the last three years and I can't say enough about him as both a person and a basketball player," Turgeon said in a release from Maryland, which lists Marial at 7-foot-2 and 230 pounds.
"One of the top players in his class when healthy, Chol's tremendous size and length make him an excellent rim protector. Chol possesses a humble demeanor and a strong work ethic that will fit well with our family. We can't wait to have him in College Park and look forward to helping him reach his dreams."
First, I would like to thank God!! Also the people that surrounded me in this journey and my family in the South Sudan and Arizona who has always believed in me. It has been a long journey, and I am blessed . I am proud to say I’ve committed to the University of Maryland. pic.twitter.com/XuMOvygfFE— Chol Marial (@MarialChol) May 6, 2019
Originally from Rumbek, South Sudan, Marial moved to the U.S. as a middle-schooler in 2014. He also previously attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
He visited Maryland on April 26, according to 247Sports, and also received offers from Georgetown, Florida State, Arizona State, Iowa, UConn and West Virginia.
"I want to thank Coach Turgeon for giving me this opportunity," Marial said in a release from the school. "Coach Turgeon and I have gotten along really well and I really enjoyed spending time with the rest of the coaching staff and players. Bruno Fernando and I have similar backgrounds and I saw how much he improved as a player at Maryland. I'm looking forward to getting better every day and playing for Terp Nation."
Let’s keep it Moving🐢❤️!— Bruno Fernando™ (@BrunoFernandoMV) May 6, 2019
Keep the international Flavor Going at the Best University On earth✊🏾🙏🏾❤️🐢 https://t.co/l28kVjWmFA
Welcome big fella 🐢🐢🐢 https://t.co/5uS8gbrt53— Jake Layman (@JLayman10) May 6, 2019
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