Maryland lands 6-foot-9 forward from Canary Islands

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Less than a week after landing a commitment from one of the top available forwards in the Class of 2016 in combo Justin Jackson, Maryland added another piece to that class Tuesday afternoon. 6-foot-9 forward Joshua Tomaic, who attends the Canarias Basketball Academy (CBA) on the Canary Islands, made his pledge to join Mark Turgeon’s program according to the CBA.

A native of Lanzarote, which is part of the Canary Islands, Tomaic joins Jackson, guards Anthony Cowan and Kevin Huerter and small forward Micah Thomas as the freshmen in Maryland’s 2016 recruiting haul. The Terrapins also added forward L.G. Gill, a grad student by way of Duquesne.

Tomaic possesses the ability to play away from the basket, facing up to knock down perimeter shots. He gives Maryland another player to call upon in the competition for minutes next season.

Adding options in the front court was key for Maryland this spring, due to the loss of starters Jake Layman, Robert Carter Jr. and Diamond Stone. Those departures left the Terrapins extremely thin in the front court with regards to both depth and experience, with Damonte Dodd and Michal Cekovsky (like Tomaic a CBA alum) being the most experienced returnees and Ivan Bender on board as well.

Depth in the front court won’t be an issue with Maryland’s additions, and the return of point guard Melo Trimble ensures that the Terrapins will be a factor in the Big Ten race next season.