Maryland basketball fills a need, adds Canadian center Caelum Swanton-Rodger

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Maryland men’s basketball coach Kevin Willard included some a great deal-necessary frontcourt depth Thursday with the signing of 6-foot-11, 220-pound Caelum Swanton-Rodger. Swanton-Rodger, a recent higher school graduate from Calgary, Alberta, joins a 2022 recruiting course normally large on regional talent.

“He is a superior-motor heart who is extremely active all-around the rim and on the defensive conclusion,” Willard reported in a assertion. “He’s incredibly effective in decide-and-roll predicaments because of his athleticism all around the basket.”

Powering projected starter Julian Reese, a soaring sophomore, Maryland has little depth amongst its significant males. Swanton-Roger averaged 21 factors, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks on the Marquee Hoops circuit. He previously played for the Canadian national team throughout the FIBA U16 Americas Championship.

“Maryland is a ideal suit for me and I am enthusiastic to turn into a Terp,” Swanton-Rodger explained in a statement. “… I just cannot wait around to be a aspect of the program.”

The center is Willard’s fourth commit to a course generally designed by transfers with local ties. Jahmir Youthful, a place guard who previously played at Charlotte, the moment starred at DeMatha, and Georgetown transfer guard Donald Carey is from Higher Marlboro. The only other incoming freshman, 6-foot-6 wing Noah Batchelor, is a native of Frederick, Md., who most recently performed for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Young and Carey are possible to kind the Terps’ starting up backcourt. Swanton-Rodger could contend for minutes next the decline of center Qudus Wahab, who transferred again to Georgetown.

Willard, whose workforce misplaced five gamers this offseason — Fatts Russell, Eric Ayala and Xavier Environmentally friendly to graduation, plus transfers Wahab and Marcus Dockery — has one scholarship remaining. But an additional Canadian introduced on Instagram on Thursday night that he had fully commited to the Terps: ahead Patrick Emilien, a graduate transfer from St. Francis Brooklyn. The 6-foot-7 native of Toronto averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds for the duration of 1 year with the Terriers ahead of that, he invested 3 several years at Western Michigan.

Swanton-Rodger, who played for Edge Prep Superior and the club UPlay Canada, is Maryland’s very first Canadian player since Ontario indigenous Justin Jackson, who was chosen by the Denver Nuggets in the 2nd round of the 2018 NBA draft. But Emilien could quickly be part of him.