Maryland Basketball: James Graham III enrolling early great news for Terps

2021 Nicolet Small Forward James Graham III is graduating early and will join Maryland Basketball for the 2020-21 season.

Maryland basketball received some big news Friday before tip-off against the Naval Academy. Graham III announced on Instagram that he will be enrolling early at Maryland. He may be eligible to play in January after a two-week quarantine upon arrival in late December according to 247Sports’ Jeff Ermann.

This is huge for the Terrapins who are coming off of a solid outing from their veteran guards Eric Ayala, Darryl Morsell, and Aaron Wiggins in the 85-67 win against the Old Dominion Monarchs.

The James Graham III addition to the 2020-21 Maryland basketball boosts their chances of staying competitive in the Big Ten and exceeding expectations.

Graham III will bring the Terps more flexibility because he shoots the ball efficiently from the perimeter, he can create his own shot and score at the rim and his length and size at 6-foot-8 allow him to be an asset on the defensive end who can guard multiple positions.

He is a high-volume scorer which is great news for the Terps. He finished the 2019-20 season averaging 20.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. As far as where he fits in on the roster, he may be slotted behind Wiggins at the wing and there could be opportunities where they play together on the floor.

Graham III gives the Terps opponents another playmaker to account for. The Terps weren’t given much of a chance to be competitive in the Big Ten. 247Sports, Heat Check College Basketball, and Saturday Tradition projected them to finish 10th in the Big Ten this season.

Graham III will be ready to go just in time for conference play. For a team that has had frontcourt questions in the preseason, adding a four-star talent will be welcome news.