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Maryland basketball roster looking different

UMD bballThe Maryland men’s basketball program will have a new look next season.

The team has signed 7-foot center Michal Cekovsky to the class of 2014 and fifth-year senior Richaud Pack who will both be eligible to play immediately. In addition, Charles Mitchell has been granted permission to transfer for his junior season to tend to his ill grandmother.

“I feel terrible for Charles and his family,” said Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon. “Although we will miss Charles, we understand and support his decision to move closer to his home so he can help support and be there for his family. I appreciate Charles’ commitment to our program and he will always be a part of our family.”

Mitchell, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound forward, averaged 6.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in 70 career games including 17 starts during two seasons at Maryland.

Cekovsky, a native of Slovakia, spent the past season with Canarias Academy in Spain and is rated a four-star recruit according to multiple national websites.

“We’re excited to welcome Michal to the University of Maryland,” said Turgeon. “He has a special skill set 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 or five positions for us. The combination of both his perimeter play and strong interior game will add a new dimension to our frontcourt.”

Cekovsky joins the ninth-ranked recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN.com. The class also includes Prince George’s County natives Melo Trimble and Dion Wiley along with Jared Nickens and fellow seven-footer Trayvon Reed.

“I’m excited to be coming to the University of Maryland,” said Cekovsky. “I’ve followed Maryland and have enjoyed getting to know Coach Turgeon and Coach [Dustin] 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 part of a great program and university.”

A recent graduate of North Carolina A&T, Pack, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 17.0 points per game and led the Aggies in free throw percentage last season.

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