The Maryland men's basketball team offered a scholarship to 2017 big man prospect Malik Williams, he announced on Monday. Williams is rated the No. 6 center in the class of 2017 and the No. 4 player in Indiana, and the 40th-best player in the country on the 247Sports Composite. He's listed at 6'10 and 200 pounds.
Williams has a long offers list, which suggests he won't be an easy prospect for Mark Turgeon to actually land. His 247 Crystal Ball overwhelmingly (seven-of-seven, right now) leans toward Michigan State, and he has an impressive array of other suitors: Indiana, Xavier, Purdue, Michigan, Butler and USC among them.
Here's some tape. Williams is No. 34:
Maryland desperately needs big men right now, and Williams would be a helpful addition. The Terps' scholarship chart gets pretty thin pretty quickly in the frontcourt, with only Michal Cekovsky, Damonte Dodd and Ivan Bender on the roster right now. Dodd will be gone in a year, and Maryland will need to restock the cupboard even more than it already does.
Williams is listed as a center or power forward by the major recruiting services, but he describes himself in his Twitter bio as a power forward/small forward hybrid. His tape suggests he can get moving better than your average center, so he could be a fun prospect for Turgeon to mold if he's able to get his commitment.