Maryland bolsters roster with commitment from Rasheed Sulaimon

Updated: May 11, 2015
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Former Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon, who was dismissed from the program in January, has committed to play his final season at Maryland, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

He will be graduating in August, but will have one more year of eligibility due to the NCAA’s post-graduate rule.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Sulaimon failed to consistently live up to the standards required to be a member of the program. And it didn’t cause any damage to Duke’s season, as they went on to win an NCAA championship. 

Sulaimon averaged 11.6 points as a freshman, and was projected to be a first-round draft pick at the time. However, his production slipped during his sophomore (9.9 ppg) and junior seasons (7.5 ppg).

But, Sulaimon is still a very talented player who will fit very well on Maryland’s roster. Melo Trimble will return at point guard, and Sulaimon will likely start at the 2-guard spot beside him. 

They will also have Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward who averaged 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last season, to go along with 6-foot-10 freshman Diamond Stone and 6-foot-8 wingman Jake Layman, who, like Trimble, decided to return to school. 

The Terps have positioned themselves to be a favorite to win an NCAA title next season, and return to the type of relevancy they had during the early 2000’s when Juan Dixon and Steve Blake were in town.

They are almost guaranteed to be a top-three — very possibly No. 1 — seed in the preseason top-25 rankings.


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