Maryland basketball tips off its season against American on Nov. 11. Until then, we’re profiling every member of the team.
Joshua Tomaic, power forward
Weight: 220 pounds
High school: Canarias Academy (Spain)
How Tomaic got to Maryland
His commitment came out of nowhere, as he officially joined the class in June. Tomiac attended Canarias Academy, the same school that produced Maryland center Michal Cekovsky. Tomiac’s signing with Maryland was a complete surprise, as there was almost no information on him when he committed. We know a little more now, but he still remains a bit of a mystery. We’ll have more on him next week...
High school highlights
Tomiac is a bit of a project, and his first season at Maryland will be one focused on development. As a 220-pound human who’s also 6’9, he has a lot of filling out to do. This means he’ll be a project for strength coach Kyle Tarp. Tomiac isn’t guaranteed to redshirt, but that is a possibility. All we’ve seen of him is one open practice, where he seemed to hold his own against the rest of the team.
Last week, head coach Mark Turgeon said he had three freshman who are poised to contribute right away, and Tomiac clearly isn’t one he’s referring to. This is fine, because Maryland doesn’t necessarily need Tomiac this season. L.G. Gill, Justin Jackson and Ivan Bender should be fine manning the power forward position in 2016-17. But with Damonte Dodd and Gill leaving after this season, Maryland’s frontcourt will need all the reinforcements it can get in 2017-18.
What a dream season might look like
Tomiac surprises everyone by developing quicker than expected and providing a boost off the bench for a frontcourt that still isn’t especially deep. He first impresses in garbage time by throwing down a few dunks and knocking down some threes, and progresses to doing so in bigger and bigger spots.
Next player in the series
He stands at 6’7, but has a 7’1 wingspan.
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