Maryland basketball kicks off its season against American on Nov. 11. Until then, we’re profiling every member of the team.
Ivan Bender, forward
Weight: 235 pounds
High school: Elektrotehnicka Skol
Jersey No.: 13
How Bender got to College Park
He arrived at Maryland out of the blue in January 2015.
He came in at the end of Maryland’s win over St. Francis and threw down this sweet dunk:
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon called Bender his team’s “most improved player” a little over a week ago, but Bender suffered a fractured wrist shortly after, and his return timetable is unclear.
Maryland sorely needed Bender’s help in a slim frontcourt. L.G. Gill’s going to be the team’s starter with freshman Justin Jackson backing him up until Bender gets back. Other than that, we really don’t have a clue. Bender’s skills were underdeveloped the last time we saw him, and we don’t know exactly which skills he’s improved upon the most. Only time will tell.
Bender doesn’t miss too much time with injury, comes back for conference play and becomes a reliable sixth man for a team in need of a backup power forward.
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