Multiple reports Saturday indicated the University of Maryland basketball team will add a “legacy” player of sorts, as Jonathan Graham (the son of Terrapins legend Ernie Graham) will transfer to College Park.
Graham has played two seasons at Penn State, averaging just 1.9 points and 2.7 rebounds in 13.6 minutes per game for the Nittany Lions. Graham had been a very solid player at Baltimore’s Calvert Hall College before that, averaging 18 points and 10 rebounds per game. There had been disappointment among Terps fans that the school had been more heavily involved in recruiting the 6’8″, 225 pound forward-who had attended many games at Comcast Center with his father. Ernie Graham was one of the great scorers in Maryland history (and also at Baltimore’s Dunbar High School), his jersey now hangs in the Comcast Center rafters.
The Washington Post reports Graham will seek a waiver from the NCAA to allow him to play immediately for Mark Turgeon’s team. The Post also reports Graham will be on scholarship this season, but it is not guaranteed he will remain on scholarship past this season. With four commitments starting in fall 2014, the Terps have their full allotment of scholarships used. That could change should G/F Dez Wells or F Jake Layman continue their development to the point where they become NBA Draft material.
Should Graham be allowed to play, he would join a frontcourt that includes sophomores Shaquille Cleare and Charles Mitchell, incoming junior transfer (Michigan) Evan Smotrycz and incoming freshman Damonte Dodd.