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Maryland basketball lands Mississippi State transfer Schnider Herard

The Terps’ future frontcourt gets a boost from a former top-50 recruit.

NCAA Basketball: Maryland at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Mississippi State forward Schnider Herard will transfer to Maryland for the upcoming season, he announced Saturday.

The Terps beat out Illinois and Baylor to land the big man. Herard was the No. 47 player in the Class of 2016, per the 247sports Composite. Last season, the forward averaged five points and five rebounds in just over 18 minutes a game. But this season Herard’s averaging fewer than 10 minutes per game, and only a point and two rebounds in under 100 total minutes played. His limited play this season may make it possible for him to be eligible next year.

According to 247sports, Herard made his decision based on Maryland’s recent history with big men. The sophomore referenced how he can help Maryland by “rebounding and doing the dirty job.”

Herard joins Jalen Smith, Aaron Wiggins and Eric Ayala as Maryland basketball’s 2018 commits. With Michal Cekovsky and Sean Obi graduating and Bruno Fernando looking like a potential draft pick, the Terps are looking at returning only Ivan Bender and Joshua Tomaic in the post. Herard and Smith’s arrival could help offset what Maryland may lose to graduation and the NBA Draft.