Maryland Basketball: Twitter reacts to Terps B1G transfer commitments

Maryland basketball is making moves this offseason. In a span of 48 hours. Mark Turgeon is on the verge of a new contract extension and Saturday, the Terps earned commitments from Rhode Island guard Daron “Fatts” Russell and former Georgetown big man Qudus Wahab. They announced their decisions via Instagram.

These are huge pickups for the Terps. with Chol Marial’s departure, they needed somebody to anchor the middle of the paint in the frontcourt. Wahab gives them a big man who can be physical in that area of the floor. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 12.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last year with the Hoyas.

As for Fatts Russell, he chose the Terps over Arizona State, Auburn, Gonzaga, Michigan Nebraska, Oklahoma, and others. He averaged 14.7 points and  4.5 rebounds and assists per game last season. According to Jacob Steinberg, Turgeon was very complimentary of Russell’s game when the Terps played the Rams back in 2019. The Terps won that game 77-53.

“Well they need to change his name to “fast” not “fatts”. He’s fearless, I got a pretty good little guy myself in {Anthony Cowan Jr.] they’ll probably matchup. I think the whole key is in transition and ball screen defense just making sure everybody is aware of him. I think that’s gonna be huge. He’s fearless and then he makes big shots. He’s one of those kids when you look, and you watch game film last year whenever the game is on the line, he’d make big shots.”

With these additions, Maryland basketball goes from a team with holes in its roster to an AP Top 25 team. Check out the Twitter reaction from these additions.

Last season, Maryland struggled to land quality transfer additions to bolster its roster. But already, the Terrapins look like they’ll be a team to reckon with the 2021-22 season, thanks to Russell and Wahab joining the program.