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Maryland to host Duke grad transfer Sean Obi on Monday

Looking to fill both a roster spot as well as a pressing need for a high-volume rebounder, Maryland will host Duke transfer Sean Obi on Monday, an athletic department source confirmed.

Obi played sparingly for the Blue Devils while fighting knee injuries the past two years after transferring from Rice, where he led Conference USA with 9.3 rebounds per game as a freshman.

The 6-foot-9, 255-pound Obi, who is from Nigeria, will graduate from Duke this spring and will immediately be eligible next season. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

As a freshman, Obi also averaged 11.4 points per game, shot 59.1 percent from the field and had 11 double-doubles. He had career-high 25 points and 19 rebounds in a triple-overtime loss to South Alabama that season.

After sitting out the 2014-15 season, Obi played in just 10 games with the Blue Devils, averaging less than a point and just one rebound. He sat out last season while recovering from offseason knee surgery.

The Terps, who finished 189th in rebounding last season among Division I teams, lost starting center Damonte Dodd and reserve forward L.G. Gill, who played last season as a graduate transfer after three years at Duquesne.

Maryland returns rising senior center Michal Cekovsky, who missed the first and last months of the season with injuries, and backup forward Ivan Bender.

Bruno Fernando, a 6-10, 225-pound four-star prospect from Angola who spent the past two years playing at prep schools in Florida, is expected to contribute right away and could start at power forward.

Obi's visit was first reported by CBS Sports.

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