Report: Maryland gets a commitment from top 50 recruit Michal Cekovsky

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Maryland has landed a commitment from Michal Cekovsky, a top 50 recruit from Slovakia that was playing his high school ball for the Canarias Basketball Academy in Spain.

The news was first reported by InsideMDSports.com.

Cekovsky is a versatile seven-footer that picked the Terps over the likes of Florida and Arizona. “Michal’s upside is off the charts,” Canarias coach Rob Orellana told ZagsBlogs.com in February. “His skillset at 7-feet makes him a unique player. Add to that the fact he is a tireless worker. No question he will be a major impact player at a high-major program.”

This creates a bit of an issue for the Terps, however. They now have 16 players scheduled to be on scholarship for the 2014-2015 season. One of them, Varun Ram, is a former walk-on that will likely be put back on walk-on status, but that still means that two of those players will not be playing for the Terps this season.

Cekovsky joins a recruiting class that already includes Romelo Trimble, Dion Wiley, Trayvon Reed and Jared Nickens.

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.