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MM 4.13: Maryland men’s basketball officially signs transfers Fatts Russell and Qudus Wahab

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Maryland men’s basketball officially announced the signings of transfers Fatts Russell and Qudus Wahab on Monday.

Russell, who previously played at Rhode Island, has averaged 13.4 points and 3.5 assists in the past four season and has scored 1,594 career points. He is Rhode Island’s all-time steals leader with 213.

Russell was previously teammates with Maryland sophomore forward Donta Scott at Imhotep Charter High School in Philadelphia.

“I know we are putting together a really good team and we have the chance to do something special,” Russell said. “I played against Maryland a few years ago and I remember Xfinity was packed and rocking.”

Russell’s resume includes Naismith and Cousy Award Watch Lists, 2019-20 Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference, 2019-20 Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team, 2019-20 USBWA District I Player of the Year, 2019-20 NABC District 4 First Team and two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Week.

Wahab, who previously played at Georgetown, averaged 12.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks as a sophomore this past season. He was named to the Big East All-Tournament team after averaging 15.4 points on the way to the tournament title.

In high school, Wahab led Flint Hill to back-to-back Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season titles as well as the 2019 MAC Tournament Championship.

“I chose Maryland because I want to win and take my game to the next level above anything else,” Wahab said. “I believe I can achieve both of those goals under Coach Turgeon and with my new teammates.”

The addition of Russell and Wahab helped to place Maryland to numerous early national preseason ranking lists, such as No. 5 for Stadium, No. 6 for ESPN, No. 7 for Jon Rothstein, No. 8 for March Madness, No. 11 for The Athletic and No. 13 for CBS Sports.

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