Maryland men’s basketball got its first offseason transfer, and Georgetown center Qudus Wahab announced his engagement on Saturday.
The 6-foot-11 sophomore averaged 12.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game during the 2020-21 season, shooting 59.1% from the field and 67.3% from the line. He was inducted into the 2021 Big East All-Tournament squad after averaging 15.4 points per game en route to Hoyas’ crown at Madison Square Garden.
Wahab was part of Hoyas’s class in 2019, coming in as a three-star prospect and the 136th player in the nation from Flint Hill School in Virginia. With 2021 four-star center Ryan Mutombo, son of the great Dikembe Mutombo, entering the show this offseason, there seemed to be a stalemate for minutes.
Maryland has been looking for a strong post presence since the departures of Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith, including the strikeout on the transfer gate last offseason. With the 7-foot-2 center Chol Marial also entering the portal this week, the lack of depth on the front court was further accentuated.
Due to those failures last summer, the 2020-21 Terps used a variety of small lineups with Donta Scott playing at positions four and five. Wahab’s addition will provide key talent and support on bass with freshman Julian Reese entering the fold and Galin Smith being eligible to return.
Maryland may not have finished searching the transfer portal this offseason with one more open scholarship that could be completed. The team’s lack of depth at point guard could be the next option.