Michal Cekovsky is the biggest guy on the Terps roster, and he acts like it when he gets called to the floor. The 7'1 center from Kosice, Slovakia, came to Maryland out of Canarias Academy in Spain, and he was a highly regarded prospect. He was rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN, 247Sports and other national recruiting websites.
He also represented Slovakia in the 2013 U-20 Euro Championships, where he averaged 13 points per game and finished with a 45.2 percent field goal percentage. As a freshman in 2014, he didn't put up big point totals in the 30 games he played. However, he did record 19 blocks, third on the team that year.
Defense wins games, and Cekovsky is a helpful part of that process.
So that's it for background. How has Ceko progressed as he is called by teammates? In the Georgetown game, he came off the bench and contributed in a variety of ways. He scored four points,blocked a shot, recorded two steals and grabbed three rebounds so his production was well rounded. That's what the Terps need out of him. He may not be a guy who could single-handedly take over a game right, now but he is a well rounded big man in his own right.
Another positive thing about Cekovsky is that because there are so many talented big men on Maryland's squad, when he is on the floor he doesn't look like a second fiddle of sorts. He makes plays and contributes to the success of the team, but he doesn't have to carry the full load. That's a good thing.
He's a sophomore and he has the ability to grow, get more minutes and produce at an even higher level. If Cekovsky stays all four years and continues to learn and grow under head coach Mark Turgeon, he'll be a starter at some point. He's got what it takes to be that guy but because of the depth at the power forward and center positions, he comes off the bench.
The Terps got a steal in this guy and he's proving that he is worth it. Check out his film review here, and look for more from the big sophomore as the season rolls on.