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Our Maryland basketball preview series continues with a promising player who could help give Maryland one of the deepest front courts in the Big Ten.

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Michal Cekvosky, sophomore, forward No. 15

Height: 7'1

Weight: 250

Twitter: @cekynooo

Collegiate Stats: 2.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 0.6 bpg

Recruiting Ratings: 3-star according to 247 composite, #124 overall, #24 PF.

Who did Maryland beat out? Louisville, Florida and Arizona, also interest from Kansas, Wake Forest and Minnesota.

High School: Canarias Basketball Academy

Hometown: Kosice, Slovakia

How'd He Get to College Park?

Cekovsky was playing overseas in Spain, where head coach Mark Turgeon and assistant Dustin Clark paid him several visits. Many believed he'd end up at Louisville, with 78% of crystal ball predictions going towards the Cardinals. But he ultimately chose Maryland, with one of the main reasons being how Turgeon and his staff were able to develop Ukrainian-born Alex Len into a top-5 NBA draft pick, something that really resonated with Cekovsky.

Career Highlight:

There are a few that are worth mentioning here. The first was this awesome ally-opp from Jake Layman to Cekovsky during Maryland's NCAA Tournament game against West Virginia this past March:

His most complete game arguably came when Maryland played VMI last year. Cekovsky finished that game with 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks, coming off the bench and playing 23 minutes.

Dream Season:

Michal experiences an Alex Len type growth in his skill set from his freshman to sophomore year and becomes an important contributor in Maryland's front court rotation with Diamond Stone and Damonte Dodd.

Up next:

Our next player's home town is where the game of basketball was invented.

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