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Patrick Emilien transferred to Terps

Patrick Emilien transferred to Terps

Call it a Canadian double daily.

Maryland Basketball added its fourth transfer of the offseason on Thursday when the former Saint-Francois-Brooklyn forward Patrick Emilien. committed to Terps. Emilien, a 6-7 senior from Toronto averaged 12.5 points and 6.2 rebounds per game for the Terriers last season, shooting 47.8 percent from the floor.

Kevin Willard was looking for help on the front line and after going missing at the center in South Kent (Conn.) Tafara Gapare, who engaged with DePaul, and moved quickly to secure a commitment from Emilien. Maryland fulfilled its 13 scholarships after Emilien and center Caelum Swanton-Rodger, another Canadian player, announced their commitments today. Emilien’s impending engagement was first reported by InsideMDSports earlier this week.

Emilien started his career at Western Carolina, where he was a reserve for the first three years of his career, before becoming one of St. Francis’ best players last season. With Tafara Gaparae committed to DePaul, at least for now, and the big man market nearly dried up, Emilien was among the best frontline players left in the Portal, and the Terps have been quietly working on him for the past month or so at in case they needed him. Assistant coach Tony Skinn, also the main scout for key commitments of Jahmir Young and Jahnathan Lamothe, was the point man in his recruitment.

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Emilien could be a solid piece and add versatility to a Maryland bench that desperately needs reinforcements. Last season, he ranked second on his team in scoring and led the team in rebounds, field goal percentage, blocks per game (0.7) and shot percentage. francs (75%). He also showed he can play against high-level opponents, posting 18 points against Wisconsin, 16 against Penn State, and 12 points and 12 rebounds against St. John’s.

Emilien joins Young (Charlotte), Donald Carey (Georgetown) and Jahari Long (Seton Hall) in Maryland’s transfer class. They also added the Noah Batchelor High School wing for next season. He attended the Toronto Basketball Academy in high school, averaging 20.6 points per game as a senior. His sister, Gabrielle Emilien, played football at Howard

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