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Maryland basketball’s Michal Cekovsky signed an overseas deal in Serbia

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland basketball’s Michal Cekovsky will take his talents back overseas after signing a three-year deal over the weekend.

The Slovakia native will play for KK FMP Beograd, a Belgrade, Serbia-based, ABA League First Division team. His contract was finalized and announced by the team Friday.

The center exhausted his college eligibility after four injury-plagued seasons at Maryland. Cekovsky averaged 4.4 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 62.1 percent from the field over 104 games. As a senior, he posted averages of 6.3 points, three rebounds and a block in 28 games. He made a career-high 19 starts.

Earlier this summer, he admitted that he never adjusted to American basketball, after coming to the Terps as a four-star prospect from Canarias Academy. Now he’ll suit up and look to earn minutes on the team that recently produced 2017 second-round NBA draft pick Jonah Bolden.

In other news

Another Terp is moving up the professional ranks, as Brandon Lowe earned a call up to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

We wrapped up Defensive Backs Week over the weekend. RaVon Davis looks to take over at nickel, there’s a pair of veteran safeties in the wings and fresh faces at corner and safety.

When the Terps kick off against Texas on Sep. 2, they’ll be sporting all-new uniforms from Under Armour. Jared broke down the changes.

There’s still one more day to vote for the best center in Maryland history. As of now, it looks like Joe Smith will earn the last starting spot on the fan-voted team.

The team workout that Jordan McNair collapsed at was the first of the offseason, a Baltimore Sun records request revealed. The school’s contract with Walters Inc. was also released and the company will turn over a final report in mid-September, The Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty reported on Friday.

Maryland plays the Rome All-Stars on its Italy trip today, and Eric Ayala is a candidate to greatly benefit from the trip. He’s already impressed and is gunning for a starting guard spot, from InsideMDSports.

Serrel Smith should be fun to watch this season. This highlight from his high school season re-emerged over the weekend.