One of the highest-rated uncommitted recruits in the 2019 college basketball class has made a decision.
Chol Marial, a 7-foot-3 four-star center, has announced his commitment. He’s heading to Maryland.
InsideMDSports.com broke the news of Marial’s commitment.
“I felt like I fit right in right away,” Marial told InsideMDSports. “I like the coaches and the players. Everybody is a good group of people … Coach [Turgeon] is a great coach and a good guy. He’s really nice. It was great. I had a great time with the coaches and everybody. [Assistant coach Kevin Broadus] is a good guy. He’s a nice guy. I had fun with him.”
— Jeff Ermann (@Jeff_Ermann) May 6, 2019
Marial announced his decision Twitter.
“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,” he announced.
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
This is a potentially massive addition for Mark Turgeon’s program heading into the 2019-20 season. The Terrapins are losing their starting center, Bruno Fernando, to the NBA Draft.
Marial is a former five-star recruit, though he’s been hampered by injuries the past two seasons. Some experts believe he could be an NBA Draft lottery pick if he was healthy.
Four-star center Chol Marial just committed to Maryland, a source tells @Rivals. Ceiling of Marial cannot be understated. If health and development is on his side, a massively giant spring addition @TerrapinNation https://t.co/5Go9XKulOx
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) May 6, 2019
Maryland is projected to start the 2019-20 season ranked inside the top 10. The Terps are coming off a loss to LSU in the NCAA Tournament’s second round.