Jonathan Graham cleared by NCAA, can play immediately for Maryland

Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The Penn State transfer will play this season.

Penn State transfer Jonathan Graham has been deemed immediately eligible by the NCAA, and will be able to play for Maryland in the 2013-14 season, Maryland announced in a school release.

"We're excited for Jonathan that he is immediately eligible for the upcoming season," said head coach Mark Turgeon. "Our administration did an outstanding job working diligently on Jonathan's behalf."

Graham played in 57 career games (25 starts) over the course of two seasons at Penn State, averaging 2.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 17.2 minutes. The Baltimore, Md. native was a 2010 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School.

Graham's father, Ernie, averaged 13.6 points in 118 games as a Terrapin from 1977-81. Ernie scored 44 points in a game against NC State on December 20, 1978, a feat that remains the Maryland single-game scoring record.

Graham was a surprise late addition to the Maryland roster, and is widely expected to be a one-year player, with a loaded recruiting class coming in next season (although early departures could clear up a spot). He adds necessary frontcourt depth for Maryland, and should be expected to get some minutes for the Terps this season.

We'll have more on what this mean's for Maryland's season tomorrow.

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